Your rights

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.

The law says adults are presumed to have capacity to make their own decisions, unless it can be shown that they do not.

Wherever possible, people should be supported to make their own decisions about:

  • where they live
  • how to spend their money
  • who they see
  • the activities they do
  • the services they receive
  • the medical treatment they receive.

Planning for your future

Planning for your future decision-making, should there come a time when you are unable to make certain decisions, is about your important right, as an adult, to make your own decisions.

For this reason, only you can plan for your future decision-making. No one else has the right to do this type of planning for you, although others can support you.