What is meant by fluctuating capacity?
Similarly, can mental capacity fluctuate?
People can lack capacity to make some decisions, but have capacity to make others. Mental capacity can also fluctuate with time – someone may lack capacity at one point in time, but may be able to make the same decision at a later point in time.
Secondly, who can assess for mental capacity? Normally, the person who is involved with the particular decision which needs to be made is the one who would assess mental capacity. If the decision is a complex one then a professional opinion might be necessary, for example the opinion of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker etc.
Thereof, what is the definition of mental capacity?
'Mental capacity' means being able to make your own decisions. Someone lacking capacity - because of an illness or disability such as a mental health problem, dementia or a learning disability - cannot do one or more of the following four things: Understand information given to them about a particular decision.
How many stages are there in the test of mental capacity?
The test of capacity There is a two-stage test of capacity in order to decide whether an individual has the capacity to make a particular decision, this test must be applied.