Planning another's future care


Everyone has the right to play an active role in making decisions that affect them, and to receive the support they need to do so.

An adult is presumed to have decision-making capacity, unless there is evidence to the contrary. This presumption includes people with disability and people living in residential aged care facilities. It is the responsibility of the treating health practitioner to determine if a person has capacity to make a specific decision.

Where possible, you should support a person to make their own decisions about their future care.

Guardianship is a last resort, if there is no less restrictive alternative to safeguard the interests of an adult with disability. However, a guardian cannot be appointed in anticipation that a decision may need to be made in the future.

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