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'Mental capacity' means being able to successfully make your own decisions. Someone lacking capacity because of a disability or illness such as a learning disability, dementia or a mental health problem would be unable to do one or more of the following four things: Understand information given to them about a particular decision Retain that information long enough to be able to make the decision Weigh up the information available to make the decision Communicate their decision. We all make decisions, big and small, every day of our lives and most of us are able to make these decisions for...
Mental Capacity Act 2005
The Mental Capacity Act sets out in law what happens when adults are unable to make particular decisions for themselves. In the case that an individual has trouble making certain decisions about their life, support for health treatment and social care must be provided. If the person is aged over 16 years old and living in England or Wales, then the Mental Capacity Act provides a legal framework for how professionals and other paid carers are to work with them (Scotland has its own law, the Adults with Incapacity [Scotland] Act 2000). Carers and professionals are required to follow the...
All of us experience challenges to our emotional well-being at some stage in our lives, with one in four of us experiencing a problem with our mental health in any one year.