Dementia and DOLs | QCS

Dear Sheila
Does every care home resident with dementia have to have a DOLs in place because of the necessity to have a secure environment?

Sheila Scott
Answered by Sheila Scott

Dear Frank,

As I am sure you know issues relating to people with dementia and DoLS changed last year with the “West Cheshire Judgement” handed down by the Supreme Court.

Please find some guidance notes made available by the Care Provider Alliance which spell out exactly what it is understood the position is now:

I suggest that you read both papers carefully and I am sure you will find them very helpful.

The West Cheshire Judgement has of course led to a huge increase in the number of DoLS authorisations being applied for and the Law Commission is currently reviewing the DoLS legislation. Last week they issued a consultation document about changes they are proposing to the current arrangements.

You can find more information about this here.

Best wishes,

About Sheila Scott

Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector. 3. Read more

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