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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.

20th November 2014

What happens when a resident under dies under Deprivation of Liberty

Dear Sheila,   I met another home owner the other day and she told me that if a resident dies in the home and there is a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards authorisation in place  I haver to inform the Coroner if the person dies. Is this correct?

Yes it is. This is something that is just being clarified. The law requires that if someone is "detained" then their death has to be reported to the Coroner. So if this happens call your local Coroner and they will guide you through the process. This can be a real shock for family and friends so make sure that they also know what is going to happen.

*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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