Mental Capacity Assessors

Consistent Communication

We are easy to contact and we ensure that we keep you updated every step of the way.

Specialist Knowledge

Each member of our team has extensive knowledge and experience in completing specialist mental capacity assessments and, dealing with complex cases, meaning our assessments are second to none.

Network Of Professionals

We have a network of Social Workers, Psychiatrists and Psychologists, which streamlines the assessment process for you and allows us to provide an efficient and consistent service, where this expertise is required.

Quality-checked

Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in completing mental capacity assessments and handling complex cases, making our assessments and reports unrivalled.

Capacity to manage property and financial affairs

We provide professional capacity assessments of an individual’s ability to make a Will, ensuring they can make well-informed decisions about their estate and beneficiaries.

COP3 / Deputyship

Our experts assess capacity and complete a COP3 form evidencing their professional opinion on the individual’s mental capacity for a specific decision. The COP3 form can be submitted to the Court of Protection.

Capacity to manage health and welfare

We conduct thorough assessments to ascertain an individual’s capacity to make decisions about their health and welfare.

Capacity to litigate/conduct proceedings

We assess individuals’ ability to litigate, which pertains to their capacity to initiate and conduct legal proceedings.

Lasting Power of Attorney / LPA

We provide comprehensive mental capacity assessments to determine
an individual’s ability to appoint a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for property and finances, health and welfare, or both.

Capacity to make a Will

We provide professional capacity assessments of an individual’s ability to make a Will, ensuring they can make well-informed decisions about their estate and beneficiaries.

OFH Care provided an outstanding Service! The whole experience from start to finish was excellent. The Team provided great customer Service. The Assessor was well qualified, with a kind, polite and very knowledgeable approach. Thank you for providing us with a very Professional, friendly and efficient Service.
Highly recommended!

OFH Care provided an outstanding Service! The whole experience from start to finish was excellent. The Team provided great customer Service. The Assessor was well qualified, with a kind, polite and very knowledgeable approach. Thank you for providing us with a very Professional, friendly and efficient Service.
Highly recommended!

A mental capacity assessment will be required when significant decisions need to be made, and, there are concerns that the person the decision concerns, may be unable to consider the relevant factors, in order to make the decision. It is important to also consider that, there could be an element of risk or loss if the person was to make a decision without considering the important factors.

In addition to the above, a capacity assessment will be required for day-to-day decisions such as taking prescribed medication, when to eat, what to eat, when to go out, choosing activities to engage in, etc.

Aside from the time required to gather the information regarding the person being assessed and, information about the decision to be made, the time for a capacity assessment could vary greatly. For example, an assessment could take anything from 45 minutes to 2 hours. The determining factors will be, if the person requires any communication aids, whether the information needs to be simplified and repeated to the person, whether the person is chatty or not, whether the person is tangential or able to give direct responses.

I recently completed an assessment which took more than two hours, because, the gentleman I assessed had made certain life choices that his family did not agree with. In the assessment, the gentleman wanted me to hear the history and reasoning behind his life choices. I in turn felt it was important to hear these, as it informs his decision making and, ultimately, his mental capacity.

Mental capacity should be assessed when the person is likely to be at their best. To elaborate, an assessment should not be carried out if a person is drowsy due to the effects of medication or drugs. Also, for people who are confused, it is best to consider times of the day when their confusion is reduced, so that they can engage in the assessment process as best as possible.

In order to assess someone’s capacity to make decisions about their property and financial affairs, this information needs to be shared with the assessor, as the capacity assessment with the person needs to factor in the person’s financial position.

The short answer is no.

A diagnosis of Dementia or any other mental illness does not mean a person lacks mental capacity. Also, capacity is decision specific, meaning separate decisions require a standalone mental capacity assessment. For example, a person may be able to choose what to eat for breakfast; however, due to their mental disorder, they may not be able to remember which medication they should be taking, when they should take it, or how much.

All the relevant information has to be given to the person, including any options that are available to them. For example, if the decision is for the person to gift a significant amount of their money, the person needs to be made aware of the implications of gifting that money (including how this will affect their bank balance or the funds available to the person, the fact that, if they make a conscious decision to gift their money, they will no longer have control over how that money is used, etc).

Equally, the information needs to be provided in a manner that the person can understand. For example, does the person require an interpreter, do they require the use of sign language or picture books, can the information be written down in clear visible writing for the person to read, or can other non-verbal communication be used.

Assessing someone at a time when they will be alert and, able to engage in the assessment process is also essential.