What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide (2013)

Brief Guides
Published: Jan 2012
Author: Research in Practice for Adults

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This guide provides a jargon-free introduction to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Sometimes people who have, for example, dementia, a learning disability, mental illness or a brain injury are unable to make decisions. Short-term conditions like concussion or having a urinary tract infection can also affect people’s ability to make decisions.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a law which says what to do when people are unable to make decisions for themselves and how they can plan for the future in case they lose capacity.

Aimed at: All social care practitioners and service users.

Number of pages: 6
Product code: AD-CUG-007

What is the Mental Capacity Act 2005? Brief Guide (2013)

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