SUBSTITUTE DECISION MAKING AS A LAST RESORT

If all efforts made to support a person through the decision-making process are un- successful, and the person does not meet the legal test for capacity, then a substitute decision-maker can make the decision for the person. Where a substitute decision-maker is involved, a capacity assessment can provide useful information about the person’s views, values and beliefs, which remain central to them being supported in the decision-making process, as well as the nature of the difficulty they may have with decision making. 

 

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