When Andrea’s elderly mother Joyce who has dementia begins a relationship with a man several years younger than her, Andrea is suspicious of his motives.  Are Andrea’s suspicions justified?  And can she prove her fears to the authorities? But when her mother dies, Andrea finds her nightmare is just beginning.
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Dementia, Safeguarding Procedures, Domestic abuse, Controlling behaviour, Issues of capacity and consent
  • No Guidance Required

Level of Complexity: Advanced
  • Differentiation applies depending on the audience
  • Trainer to develop the questions accordingly using differentiation words such as List, describe, identify, develop a policy, develop a pathway etc.

Video Synopsis

  • Elderly female who was being assessed for the onset of a dementia-begins relationship with male several years younger than her
  • Male moves in with the elderly woman
  • Elderly woman’s daughter suspects the male’s motives
  • Daughter suspects controlling behaviour
  • Elderly woman dies
  • Daughter finds out mother and the male had secretly married
  • Daughter questions legality of the marriage
  • Male is next-of-kin and gains control of his wife’s funeral

Issues Covered

  • Safeguarding procedures for Registrars
  • How GP’s support relatives of people with memory problems
  • How GP’s and others can hear the voice of the patient
  • Understanding the issues around assessing capacity and consent
  • Understanding agencies’ duty of care to understand the Mental Capacity Act and tools to evidence a Robust capacity assessment

  • To recognize potential risk indicators and how to act on concerns
  • To identify partner agencies who may have additional information and support for both family and mother
  • To understand the 3 stage test for  Section 42 Care Act 2014 and duty of care
  • Understanding that Partner agencies have to have policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding adults at risk and to ensure they are at Care Act compliant

  • How do we get to see Adults on their own
  • How do agencies ensure they hear the voice of the adult?
  • What risk factors are identified throughout the story?
  • What is your knowledge regarding specialist support agencies e.g. Alzheimer’s Society, Age Uk, Citizens Advice Bureau and NHS Memory clinics and other local services?
  • The complexities around decision specific capacity assessments.
  • What are the decisions that the mother is making?
  • Who are the decision makers in the story?

Target Audience:

  • Registrars
  • GPs and other NHS staff
  • Social Care staff
  • Solicitors
  • 3rd Sector partner agencies
  • Councillors and MPs

Useful For:

  • Conference
  • One to one
  • Group training
  • Awareness event
  • Supervision
  • Adults and Carers

Training Suggestions:

  • Making Safeguarding Personal training and policy development.
  • Information sharing protocol discussion
  • Coercive Control Capacity and Consent
  • Mental Capacity Act training
  • Awareness around the complexities of supporting someone with dementia
  • Link in resource to Dementia friends training

Useful Links

For Further Support

  • Local Safeguarding Board
  • Local branch of Alzheimer’s Society
  • Local Citizen’s Advice Bureaus