What does communicating a decision mean?
P was fully able to verbally communicate his decision, which meant the communication requirement of the functionality test was also met. If however, P had difficulty in communicating verbally, I would have considered other means for example specialist services, such as appropriate communication aids.
Although P had an impairment of or disturbance in the functioning of his mind or brain he was crucially able to understand, retain and use and weigh the information relevant to the decision, and as well as communicate his view. He was therefore assessed to have the capacity about the particular decision at the time in question. As a result, the best interest decision was not required or appropriate. However, as an outcome of the assessment P asked his mother if he could apply for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for both his finances and health and wellbeing.
I also considered that my assessment should not be based on my own social constructs and values, such as my views on age, appearance, assumptions about their conditions or any aspect of their behavior Section2, this also reflects anti-discriminatory practice, a core social work principle, and registration requirement to treat adults with respect and dignity.
If there had been any professional disagreement, I would have explained the MCA in detail particularly the right for a person to make unwise decisions when they have the capacity.