Best Interests Decisions Reports
Best Interests is a term used when concerning people who have been assessed as lacking the mental capacity to make a specific decision. In order to protect their wishes and feelings about a particular matter, any decision that are subsequently made, have to be made in their best interests. This applies whether it is a family member, someone appointed as an attorney or deputy, or a health or social care professional. When making decisions on a person’s behalf, there are principles and a checklist that must be followed to ensure that decisions are being made in the person’s best interests.
As well as assessing people’s mental capacity, I can also be instructed to make best interests decisions such as where a person lives, who with, whether they should move into a care home, whether they should sell a property and a host of other decisions. I have been making best interests decisions for people since 2009 and over the course of the years I have made hundreds of best interests decisions. I am regularly instructed by solicitors, local authorities and individuals to make best interests decisions for people.
As an independent Social Worker and Expert Witness, I pride myself in ensuring that, wherever possible, the person’s wishes and feelings are at the forefront of any best interests decisions that I make. They are made in consultation with family and friends and of course the person themselves.
If you would like to instruct me to complete a mental capacity assessment or best interests decision, or would like to talk about them, please don’t hesitate to contact me.