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What are human rights?

(Human Rights and Dementia - MODULE ONE)


The rights of every human being is fundamentally important to all of us.  This is no different for people living with dementia, their family members/friends, unpaid carers and those working to support and help.  Laws to protect the rights of everyone across the world are set by the United Nations, right through to Scotland and the local communities within it.  Yet how much do you know and understand human rights in dementia?

Every human being has the right to life, the right not to be discriminated against and the right to have family life and privacy.  Do you experience these within the world of dementia and cognitive impairment?  Do you know how to ensure they are met and achieved?

In this course you will be exploring all this and more.  Starting with the building blocks of understanding what human rights are, how it affects people living with dementia, through to policies in Scotland, right through to how you can get involved to help yourself and others ensure their human rights are met.

In this first module (MODULE ONE), you will begin by exploring what are human rights and what they mean to you.  You will then examine human rights in dementia and why it is important.  Finally, going on to learn about the PANEL Approach, a simple tool to ensure services, policies, practices and individuals are meeting our human rights.

To access this course, you will need to self enrol on the course.  This is really easy, just follow the instructions and provide your name, email address and a password.

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