Some thoughts on New Directions, the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act and more
Perhaps you are wondering what on earth I am on about? So here’s a couple of definitions:
New Directions is the latest disability-related policy from the Irish Health Service (HSE). My understanding is that it was introduced to address all the scandals of poor care in residential homes for adults with disabilities. The idea being to move all those affected back into smaller homes in the community.
Now the policy has been extended to adult day centres, which are provided for those adults for whom paid work is not possible due to the severity of their disabilities. They are now to be based ‘in the community’ too.