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The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) protects your money, health and welfare, if you can’t make all your own decisions.
The Act states everyone should be treated as able to make their own decisions until it is shown that they cannot. A person's ability to make a decision will be established at the time a given decision needs to be made.
It introduces important new safeguards for people who lack capacity and the people who work with, support or care for them. It makes sure decisions made on the person's behalf are in their best interests and provides a checklist of things decision makers must work through. It is underpinned by five key principles which must inform everything you do when providing care or treatment for a person who lacks capacity.
There is a Code of Practice for those who support people who have lost the capacity to make their own decisions.
The Act protects your rights and is relevant to anyone who has a relative or friend who may lack capacity. It covers major decisions about property and financial affairs, health and welfare and where someone lives.
Vulnerable people, who lack capacity to make their own decisions and do not have relatives and friends to speak for them, will be supported by an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA).
POWhER provide the IMCA service for East Berkshire.