Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

1. Deprivation of LIberty Safeguards

Alzheimer's Society believes that people with dementia have equal entitlements to human rights, and as such should have their right to liberty protected. This means that if there is ever a situation where measures amounting to a deprivation of liberty are considered, these should only be used as a last resort, when it is in the best interests of the person and when all practical and reasonable steps have been taken to avoid depriving somebody of their liberty. What will be appropriate must be decided on a case by case basis that takes into account the wishes of the person and their particular circumstances.

The safeguards are an important way to protect the rights of people with dementia. Significantly, they provide a means for a representative of the person with dementia to challenge a deprivation of liberty if they believe it is inappropriate. Alzheimer’s Society believes that the system must be robust and properly resourced to ensure that it works effectively to protect a person with dementia’s right to liberty.