This week it was quite easy to pick something out that has relevance to older people’s care in Scotland. Particularly since it was only released today!
The Mental Welfare Commission has launched a new campaign to explain the power of attorney to hospital ward staff, care home staff and GP’s across Scotland. More and more people are using this legal route to give powers to someone they trust – usually a relative or close friend – to make decisions on their behalf when they are unable to do so themselves. Particularly those affected by dementia or a learning disability.
So to find out about the campaign go to http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/commission-launches-new-campaign-across-scotland/
There you can access three new documents: A Power of Attorney guide for staff in hospitals and care homes. One for GP’s and a final one that deals with common concerns about these powers. These should prove very useful documents which you should share.
A bit of inspiration also. I was at this event last year and Holly, who was a final year student studying Philosophy and Theology at Edinburgh was better than a lot of the professionals. Enjoy!