Who Can Be Subject To a DOL’s Authorisation?

The MCA DOLs applies to anyone aged 18 and over:

  • Who suffers from a mental disorder such as dementia, a profound learning disability or other neurological conditions (for example as a result of a brain injury), who lacks capacity to give informed consent to the arrangements made for their care and/or treatment.
  • Who, following an independent assessment, is considered to require a deprivation of liberty, in their best interests, to protect them from harm.

The safeguards cover patients in hospitals, and people in care homes registered under the Care Standards Act 2000.

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