New liberty rules – a breath of fresh air?

Posted on March 19th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Good news that the Government intends to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a system to be called ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’ (LiPS).

It’s certainly a better title, focusing attention on the protection aspect rather than on deprivation and we are told the new rules will be less complex. But it’s early days and the proposals are going to be put out for consultation prior to any legislative changes. I am sure the lawyers will apprise us of the implications for social care providers and local authorities but we have to hope that the bureaucratic burden will be somewhat lightened without opening any avenues for potential abuse.

I wonder if there will be any impact on my obsession about open windows; I have always slept with my bedroom window wide open as I enjoy the night air. Even in winter – as long as one has a good duvet, what’s the problem? So a care home could never be a ‘home’ to me if they insisted on putting a restrictor on my bedroom window. Assuming I had capacity, I would happily sign a disclaimer if that would result in me being able to breathe abundant fresh air and hear the wind in the trees.

There has ever been a tension between respecting an individual’s free-agency and duty of care. That’s why we have risk assessments and in my book, the indiscriminate use of window restrictors is taking a damn liberty with my freedom of choice.

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One response to “New liberty rules – a breath of fresh air?”

  1. John Burton says:

    Yes, it’s probably good news that DoLS is going to be released by LiPS, but we’ll have to wait to see how the Thought Police convert a liberating move into yet another straight jacket.
    It’s tragic and frustrating how liberating ideas and principles, long practised by good care homes, are stolen and turned into rules to dominate and restrict. The rule about window restrictors is a prime example.

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