The Mental Capacity Act

Every day we make decisions about our lives. The ability to make decisions is called mental capacity. People may have difficulties making some decisions either all or some of the time. This could be because they lack capacity resulting from:

  • Learning disability
  • Dementia type illness
  • Mental health problem
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Stroke etc.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 affects people in these situations. It also affects their families, carers, health and social care professional, and those directly or indirectly involved in their care. It is a relatively new piece of legislation that offers protection to people with issues around making important decisions in terms of their welfare, accommodation and managing finances.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Call Torfaen

Tel: 01495 762200

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