1.1 Three points about mental capacity
The following three points about mental capacity are particularly important and form the basis of this course:
- Mental capacity is a matter that relates to everyone, not just people with a disability or mental impairment.
- Mental capacity depends on the ability of the person and can change with time.
- Mental capacity, or the extent to which a person may lack it, involves an assessment and judgement of their ability to make a particular decision.
For the rest of this week you will consider the first two points.