NEW laws protecting people in care homes and hospitals are being introduced on Wednesday.
The legislation is to make sure people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves are deprived of liberty only when it is in their best interests.
Clr Shabir Pandor, Joint Lead Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “It’s important that vulnerable people such as those with dementia are able to express their needs and choices to build confidence and trust and to ensure care workers can support daily activities safely and with dignity.”
There are many ways someone can restrict liberty, such as staff making all of a person’s decisions or unnecessary restrictions on family visits.
These laws mean that any hospital or care home that wants to remove a patient’s liberty must apply to the council or NHS Kirklees.
Sheila Dilks, director of patient care and professions for NHS Kirklees, said: “Safeguarding adults is a key priority.
“We must be reassured that when the need arises to deprive someone of their liberty it is in the best interest of the patient.”
Anyone worried that a person in care is being deprived of liberty can call the Kirklees Council Gateway to Care on 01484 223000 from April 1.