LEGAL EAGLE: Challenging a DOLS order
Do you have a relative who lacks mental capacity and is detained in a hospital or care home, but who has not been ‘sectioned’? If they tried to leave the hospital or care home would they be stopped or restrained? Are they being detained against their will, or do they lack the mental capacity to agree to the detention? If the answer to those questions is yes, your relative may be detained under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).