A response to the government’s Christmas present to us all

Just a quick post today that as far as I can tell, the provisions enabling respite that I referred to in my previous post about those in supported accommodation visiting family during the pandemic continue in the latest iteration of the coronavirus regulations in all tiers (even tier 4). My previous post is here.

So whilst visits are only permitted for most of us in Christmas day, those for whom a missed visit forms essential respite evidenced in their support plan and assessment may be enabled to visit home without being in breach of the regulations. Such individuals will be in the minority, where there is a clear evidenced need to have respite, not just those who (like us all) would benefit from a family Christmas. And numbers will still need to be limited, this wouldn’t provide free rein to hold a family party!

Best interests decisions under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will still need to be undertaken on an individual basis, with consideration of individual risks and benefits. No rest for wicked.

Or so it seems.

But who really knows at this point?

In case it isn’t obvious from the fact I still haven’t identified the authority I work for, the views expressed on this blog are my own opinion and not the opinion of that local authority

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