Ongoing consent to care for older people in care homes
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Ongoing consent to care for older people in care homes

Cathy Butterworth Inspector for the Commission for Social Care Inspection, Taunton

Obtaining informed consent is a fundamental part of the care-giving process. Current policy documents emphasise the importance of including patients in planning their care. This article explores the concept of consent and the challenges to this concept for older people in long-term care, where consent is not a one-off event requiring a ‘consent form’, but just one stage in the continuum of involvement for service users. At one end of the spectrum, service users may be unaware that they have a service user plan (care plan), while at the other end they may be enabled to complete an advance statement of their wishes, thus demonstrating significant involvement in planning their care.

Nursing Standard. 19, 20, 40-45. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.01.19.20.40.c3791