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Mental Capacity

Every day we make decisions about our lives. These decisions could be about simple things like what we eat or what we wear. They could also be about more major things like our health, our care and our finances.

Our ability to make decisions is called mental capacity.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) provides the legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of individuals who lack the mental capacity to make particular decisions for themselves.

For everyone working with and/or caring for an adult who may lack capacity to make a specific decision for themselves, the same rules apply whether the decisions are life-changing events or everyday matters.

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