Help with making decisions Mental Capacity

Having mental capacity means that a person is able to make their own decisions. The Mental Capacity Act says that a person is unable to make a particular decision if they cannot do one or more of the following:

  1. Understand information given to them.
  2. Retain that information long enough to be able to make the decision.
  3. Weigh up the information available to make the decision.
  4. Communicate their decision - this could be by talking, using sign language or even simple muscle movements such as blinking an eye or squeezing a hand.

It is very important to always remember that lack of capacity may not be a permanent condition.   The NHS has helpful information on mental capacity here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/pages/mental-capacity.aspx

There is also a guide for health and social care workers on making decisions and mental capacity

Weblink: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/348440/OPG603-Health-care-workers-MCA-decisions.pdf

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