As a health and social care worker, especially if you work with vulnerable adults, it is very important that you have a full awareness of the Mental Capacity Act. In fact, learning about the relevant legislation can be just as important as practical care training.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 first came into force in 2007, and it has the following aims:
- To enable adults to make as many decisions about their care as possible, both now and in advance
- To allow adults to appoint someone else to make decisions about their personal welfare in advance of losing mental capacity
- To ensure that decisions relating to personal care, property and personal affairs are made in the best interests of adults who are unable to make decisions for themselves
- To offer protection against legal ramifications for carers who have honestly acted in the best interest of the patient
- To provide clarity and safeguards in relation to people who have lost mental capacity
The best way to learn about the Mental Capacity Act, along with other related legislation such as The Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards (DOLS), is to take an advanced care training course on the subject.