My life, my voice, my choice - MCA10

Everyone should have the right to make their own choices and live the life they choose.

But some people are unable to make all or some decisions for themselves about their care, treatment and support for reasons of learning disability, autism spectrum disorders, dementia, brain injury or temporary impairment.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a visionary piece of legislation which protects and restores rights and power to vulnerable people so they can make decisions about their care and plan for their future needs.

The 5 rules for supporting me are:

  1. Start by thinking I can make a decision
  2. Do all you can to help me make my decision
  3. Don't say I lack capacity because my decision seems unwise to you
  4. Use a best interests checklist for me if I can't make a decision
  5. Check the decision does not stop my freedom more than needed

If you support a vulnerable person the MCA may be relevant to you.  An At-A-Glance guide is available at

If you are concerned that someone you know may lack capacity and is at risk of their wishes being ignored please call Adult Social Care on 01344 351500.