Social care responses to self-neglect among older people: an evidence review of what works in practice
A research team from the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce at King's College London have just published an important evidence review on social care responses to self-neglect among older people.
The review covers the following important topics:
- national law and policy context in England provided by the Care Act 2014 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- a narrative synthesis drawing together the evidence from the publications reviewed. This discuss two overarching themes: relationship building and multi-agency working.
- the law and national policy developments which examines the formal incorporation of self-neglect within adult safeguarding practice by the guidance accompanying the Care Act 2014
- a section on ethical questions and mental capacity addressing the difficulty surrounding individuals with capacity who appear to be acting in ways that may endanger themselves.
The review's concluding section appraises the evidence covered and poses a number of research questions for Adult Social Care in England.