Alzheimer Scotland's public policy work is grounded in a rights-based approach at both a national and local level. A fundamental part of this involves making sure that the views and experiences of people with dementia, their families and carers, underpin policy development both at a national and local level.
Approaches such as the PANEL principles (Participation, Accountability, Non-Discrimination, Empowerment and Legality) provide a strong framework for ensuring that a rights-based approach is taken in both in policy and practice. This can be applied in a range of contexts and settings, from the way an individual is treated as the result of stigma up to the highest level of decision making on health and social care services.
Human Rights are one of the foundations which ensure we are able to play active roles in the societies in which we live, take part in activities we enjoy and go about our lives in a meaningful way.