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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

09th July 2015

DOLs and family members at end of life

When some one has a DoLS, ACP, and end of life care plan in place, how do we explain to relatives that they will not be allowed to touch their loved-ones when they pass away due to the law and the DoLS when this will be the last experience that they have with there loved ones?

Dear Elizabeth,

I think that the best thing that I can do is suggest the following two articles:

The first is an article distributed by the Care Provider Alliance -  available HERE.

The second is a Guide to Coroner Services published by the Ministry of Justice and found HERE.

I think that it is important that family members are informed of the involvement of the coroner if their loved one is subject to a DoLS authorisation. This could be at the Advanced Care Planning stage or at the time of the DoLS authorisation.

Best wishes.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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