Eamonn is an elderly man with Alzheimer's disease who lives in a care home. Eamonn is married and regularly speaks to his wife on the phone. Eamonn is under a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) and is supported by a POhWER advocate in the role of Relevant Person’s Paid Representative (RPPR). Eamonn’s advocate is called Darren. Darren meets with Eamonn every 2 months.

At one of their meetings, Eamonn told Darren he felt like a prisoner in the care home and that he wanted to go out. Under Article 5 of the Human Rights Act, Eamonn has the right to liberty and so, Darren presented Eamonn’s request to go out of the care home and access the community to his social worker and Best Interest Assessor. It was decided that a condition could be attached to Eamonn’s DoLS Authorisation so that he could be invited to access the community with a carer.

Eamonn is now regularly invited to be taken out to a local cafe for lunch with a carer; he often declines but has gone on a few occasions. Darren is now talking Eamonn through options of other places that he may wish to go so that he is aware of the choices available to him.

Eamonn also asked Darren what had happened to his wife, Catherine. Eamonn usually received phone calls from his wife at least twice a week but had not heard from her for around 2 months. Eamonn often asked for Catherine and his care home staff had tried calling her number a few times but she did not answer the phone.

To protect Eamonn's right to a family life (Article 8 of the Human Rights Act), Darren called the Local Authority’s Adult Social Care team to try to find out what had happened to Catherine. Darren found out that Catherine had been admitted to hospital and had not been able to access the phone number for the care home in order to call Eamonn.

Darren emailed the care home with the details of the ward Catherine is on so that the staff can call her when Eamonn wants to speak to her.