Mental Capacity Act Information

The Mental Capacity Act is a law that helps empower and protect those who may lack the ability to make decisions about their care and treatment.

This information is of use to those who may lack capacity and their families/carers. Examples of people who may lack capacity include those with dementia, severe learning disability, stroke or brain injury.

This website is a useful guide to understanding the Mental Capacity Act. It gives clear explanations on how to assess whether someone has the mental capacity to make a decision, and how to support decision making for those who lack capacity. There is advice on Advanced Statement, Decisions, and Lasting Powers of Attorney. There is information about health, social care, financial support, and also advice on support for carers.

A web link that provides up-to-date guidance plus all required forms for DOLS application, including application for standard and urgent DOLS and informing the Coroner of the death of someone who has a DOLS order.

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