Empowerment

 

Thankfully, Joseph came to know about the Human Rights Act to family life (Article 8) in the UK. Joseph’s wife, Amelia, had received a diagnosis of dementia five years earlier. And, for five years, Joseph and Amelia were able to manage their life at home. But now Amelia needed more support and Joseph, 70, was experiencing health problems. The health services had suggested placing Amelia in a nursing facility that was about an hour’s drive from home. But, given his health situation, Joseph would not be able to visit Amelia. Joseph consulted his social worker, lawyer, and other dementia caregivers to understand their options. Based on the Human Rights Act to family life, he was able to have Amelia placed in a nursing facility closer to home where he could visit often.   

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