There are occasions when a person who resides in a care home or hospital will need to have their freedom restricted. This is usually when they lack the mental capacity to make a decision about where they reside for their care and support.
A decision to deprive a person of their liberty should only happen when there is no other alternative to meet the person’s physical, emotional, and mental health needs.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) apply to anyone who is:
- aged 18 or older
- suffering from a disorder or disability of the mind
- lacks the capacity to consent to their care or treatment
- under continuous supervision and control
- not free to leave
- receiving care or treatment that amounts to a deprivation of liberty