How can I learn more about my loved one’s condition and the care they are receiving?
How are carers protected under the law?
The Carers Trust offers information on how carers are protected by the law. The legislation relates to the following:
- Equality Act 2010
- Care Act 2014
- Children and Families Act 2014
- Your human rights
- Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
Mental Health Act
The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) is a piece of legislation (in England and Wales) which informs people with mental health problems who are detained under the Mental Health Act, what their rights are regarding:
- Assessment and treatment in hospital
- Treatment in the community
- Pathways into hospital, which can be civil or criminal
Some service users go into hospital voluntarily and are known as informal service users. Some service users go to hospital without their
consent because of the severity of their mental illness. This is known as being a formal service user. Formal service users are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).
Mind have a really helpful website which tells you all about the Mental Health Act and this can be found here: www.mind.org.uk.
Mental Capacity Act
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a piece of legislation (in England and Wales) for people who cannot make decisions for themselves because
they do not have the mental capacity to make them. It tells them:
- What they can do to plan ahead
- How they can ask someone else to make decisions for them
- Who can make decisions for them if they haven’t planned ahead
The Mental Capacity Act is important for people who think that their ability to make certain decisions will be affected in the future because of their mental health problem, an illness, an injury, or outside reasons like the effect of prescribed medication.
Mind have a really helpful website which tells you all about the Mental Capacity Act and this can be found here: www.mind.org.uk.
Safeguarding is protecting an individual’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the individual’s wellbeing is promoted.
Elysium Healthcare is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all individuals within our services. Elysium Healthcare has a duty of care to protect all individuals using our services and to ensure that all employees treat people for whom care is provided with dignity and respect. Working in partnership with other agencies, we are dedicated to reducing risks of abuse and learning from incidents.