Helping someone who lacks the capacity to answer for themselves : How do I decide how to answer?

You may find that you have to answer the questions for someone who can't understand the questions or communicate their answers.

We appreciate this can be difficult. You might find the following instructions from the Mental Capacity Act 2005 about what’s in a person’s best interests useful.

Important information:

You must consider all the relevant circumstances, including:

(a) the person’s past and present wishes and feelings...

(b) the beliefs and values that would have influenced the person’s own decision, if they had capacity

- Mental Capacity Act 2005, section 4

We advise you to select the answer you think they would choose, based on everything you know about them.

Some questions are clearly marked as being voluntary. It's OK for you to leave these blank.

If you need further advice, please contact us.