Mental Health Capacity Act

Mental Health Capacity Act

What is Mental Capacity?

Having mental capacity is being able to make your own decisions. Mental incapacity is when you are unable to make decisions for yourself, which is usually defined if you are unable to:

  • Understand the relevant information given to you about your decision
  • Retain the information long enough to be able to make your decision
  • Weigh up all the options available before making your decision
  • Communicate your decision, which can be done by talking, using sign language or simple movements

What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005?

The Mental Capacity Act was created to protect people who may lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves about their care and treatment. The Mental Capacity Act can cover something as little as day-to-day decisions like what to wear. But it can also cover more serious decisions like if someone needs to move into a care home.

It is also important to remember a person may have the capacity for some decisions but not others and in some cases, they may be able to regain the capacity in the future.

There is also something called fluctuating capacity, which can be a difficult situation to navigate.

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At Watson Woodhouse, we understand dealing with mental incapacity can be a distressing experience. Therefore, we ensure that we provide an excellent level of service by being approachable and giving information in an easy way to understand. We have an experienced, knowledgeable team.

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