Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS); being a representative
Does anyone have any knowledge of this please?
We have a rental property & a lovely 87 year old tenant. She was recently hospitalised & my daughter & son-in-law, who live the nearest, have visited her twice as her son lives in Australia.
Understandably the nurses would not tell them much as they're not relatives, but my daughter could explain some of the confusion our tenant was facing, as she was talking about events that happened last January & the nurses said this has helped them better understand.
Our tenant was moved to what obviously seemed to be a dementia ward. My daughter managed to contact the son who said he'd been given very little information himself. So we're a bit in the dark as to what's happening, other than she may return home & get daily visits (unsure as to whom this will be), or she may need to go into care.
Out of the blue a social worker rang my daughter today & asked her to be a representative for her with this DoLS & told her to Google it! My daughter agreed (for now) as she felt put on the spot. My daughter has asked me to find out more & I hoped someone here will know what being a representative entails, thank you.