Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in Practice

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A person is considered to be deprived of his or her liberty if his case fits various characteristics such as forceful detention such that he cannot fulfill his wishes such moving around without accompaniment, or whereby he is not allowed to socialize freely with other persons based on an assessment which has been conducted and proved that he may be subjected to more harm than good when he is free (TSO, 2008). For example, Mrs P is an 80-year-old lady who has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. After a stint in the hospital due to increased confusion at home, she has been moved to a residential home. Upon review, it has been discovered that her liberty is being restricted by the use of a keypad system in a residential home stopping her from going out by herself. The staff in the home has stated that she has a tendency to wander hence why Mrs. P is not allowed to go out independently.
Vascular Dementia is a medical condition that affects the brain of a human being as a result of poor flow of blood (Paul, 2004). A person suffering from this condition may exhibit symptoms such as loss of memory, confusion as well as walking about and getting lost or even experiencing seizures similar to those of epileptic persons among others. Therefore, a person who has been diagnosed with such a condition requires special attention especially when they are leaving the house due to the fact that they may go out and forget their way back. It may also be dangerous for them to undertake ordinary chores such as cooking or ironing clothes as well as using other electrical appliances due to the fact that they may forget to switch them off thereby increasing the possibility of causing fire accidents at home. Mrs Ps case is made worse by the fact that she is an old woman, who is vulnerable to harsh environmental conditions such as excessive exposure to the sun as well as extremely cold weather. Walking alone in the neighborhood may be dangerous for her for she may fail to access help even when it is accorded to her because at least one must be able to give directions to her house or provide a name in order for good Samaritans to be able to help otherwise she may have to spend some time in police custody before investigations can be conducted to locate her family.