The Local Authority has made an application to the Court of Protection to allow me to deprive Maureen of her liberty. I guess if I don’t complete the requisite paperwork they will claim she is no longer safe in my hands and lock her away in a Care Home.
I am as keen as anyone else that Maureen is safe. However, I wonder what has happened to the idea of positive risk-taking?
Maureen’s presentation fluctuates and on good days she is as sharp as a tack. If she begins to see me as her goaler that is yet another nail in the coffin of our relationship!
I also do not accept that the local community is a dangerous place: quite the opposite. Our neighbourhood is full of people who look out for Maureen and many kind souls have brought her back home when she has asked for help.
I’m sure that there could be another way. New technology offers all sorts of options to keep Maureen safe in the community. IMHO having the right to deprive Maureen of her liberty is a retrograde step on the path to Kate Swaffer’s Prescribed Disengagement!