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Safety, legal issues, and driving 

Safety, legal issues, and driving
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Safety, legal issues, and driving
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Roy W. Jones

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198779803.003.0012
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date: 23 January 2021

This chapter describes the many practical and legal issues that are important for people with dementia and their families. A person with dementia’s autonomy must be respected together with recognition of their remaining abilities. The capacity needed for a particular decision depends on the nature and complexity of the decision. Capacity to deal with financial affairs is discussed, together with capacity to make a will, to make decisions about personal welfare, medical treatment, and consent for research including genetic testing. Whilst there are many potential safety issues for people with dementia, it is important to balance the need for protection with their continuing independence. Safety within the home includes fire, gas, and electrical safety; kitchen safety; risk of falls; risk from dangerous substances and medications; and vulnerability. Safety outside the home includes the risk of falls together with wandering, getting lost, and issues around driving.

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