In October 2013, a special meeting of the Forget Me Nots in Kent was held to discuss the impact that the Mental Capacity Act has had on members of the group.
The meeting was held at the request of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP). DEEP had been approached by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to find out the experiences of people with dementia.
This report was submitted as written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee.
Nine members of the Forget-Me-Nots attended the meeting. We split into two groups to discuss issues around the Mental Capacity Act.
Lord Hardie and Lord Swinfen along with Judith Brooke (clerk to the Committee) kindly attended the meeting to listen to the views of people with dementia.
Five students helped the meeting run smoothly and took notes. We discussed such issues as:
- Who makes decisions in your life? Are there decisions which you make for yourself? Are there decisions which are made by others on your behalf?
- If someone has helped you to make decisions or made a decision for you … What happened? What did it feel like?
- Have you had any experience of someone assessing your ‘mental capacity’?
- Have you had experiences of Lasting Power of Attorney?
- Have you had experiences of telling your bank or other organisations that you have dementia?
The Lords Select Committee has now published its report
You can read it and all the evidence submitted by the Forget Me Nots http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/mental-capacity-act-2005/