This Act applies to anyone aged 16 or over in England and Wales. It aims to help and protect people who may be unable to make a particular decision at a particular time, this includes:
- everyday decisions about personal care (such as what you eat or wear)
- decisions about where a person lives
- major decisions about money, property, social care, medical treatment
The Act created a number of ways that someone can plan for if there is a time when they cannot make decisions for themselves or communicate their views, this includes "Lasting Power of Attorney" (LPA).
More information about the Mental Capacity Act is available: