Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team
The Mental Capacity Act is designed to protect people who cannot make decisions for themselves or lack the mental capacity to do so. Depending on the degree of severity this could be due to a mental health condition, a learning difficulty, a brain injury, a stroke or unconsciousness due to an anaesthetic or sudden accident.
You may want to plan ahead for when you do not have capacity, or you might be caring for someone who is not able to make decisions for themselves.
If you have any questions about caring and the Mental Capacity Act:
Making decisions. A guide for family, friends and other unpaid carers - this covers the Court of Protection, Deputies and Power of Attorney.
Advanced Decisions, living wills and end of life care advises you how someone can make their wishes about life-saving treatment known in advance.