Managing someone else’s affairs
Managing a friend or relative’s affairs
Anyone – a health or care professional, other professional, relative or carer – might need to decide whether a person has the capacity to make a particular decision.
As a relative or carer that decision may sometimes be your responsibility. There will be times when a professional will need to make a decision about the person’s capacity. The Mental Capacity Act says that before you, or anyone else, acts on behalf of someone else you must have a ‘reasonable belief’ that the person does not have the capacity to make the decision for themselves. Independent MCA advocate organisation Empowerment Matters has produced some useful guidance for family and friends.
There is more information available from the government about making decisions for someone else and Power of Attorney.
If the person you are caring for is receiving services from Devon County Council and you are worried about their capacity to make decisions you should speak to their care manager. If they don’t have a care manager, or you are not sure who this might be, call our Care Direct advisers on 0845 1551 007 or email email@example.com