Advocacy worker, Jacqueline supported a lady with complex health needs and a learning disability to go through the process of hospital discharge. The lady had been living at home with support in her own tenancy.
The lady had a fall in hospital resulting in a broken hip prior to advocacy involvement. Due to poor mobility and changing health support needs it was not safe to return home.
Advocacy Engagement: Ascertain the lady’s views regarding her future care plan
Jacqueline supported the lady to express her desired outcome by attending several meetings and visits to the ward. Hospital advised the lady was medically fit for discharge.
Advocacy input at meeting to express the lady’s desire to leave hospital as soon as possible. The lady stated to Jacqueline:
“I want to go to a place with people who can look after me and take care of me”.
Adults with Incapacity Scotland Act 2000 –
Connection to Human Rights:
Article 8 – the right to respect private life and family home.
Article 14 – the right not to be discriminated (despite her Learning Disability).
The Social Worker called as per her duty and responsibilities to formally discuss a way forward. Progressed to Adults with Incapacity Case Conference, use of 13za Social Work Scotland Act.
Jacqueline recorded the lady’s views in an Independent Advocacy Report which was submitted to the case conference. All relevant professionals involved agreed to support the lady to move to a care placement. Social worker and family are working together with the lady to find a suitable place close to family.
Advocacy outcome: The decision made at the case conference upheld both the principles of Independent Advocacy and AWI.
Benefit: Least-restrictive option, Take account of the wishes of the person and Consultation with relevant others.