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What is impaired decision-making capacity?

 ‘Impaired decision-making capacity’ is where someone has difficulty:

  • understanding and remembering information about their personal or financial matters
  • weighing up this information to make reasoned and informed decisions
  • communicating their decisions.

An adult’s decision-making capacity may be considered to be impaired even if:

  • the impairment only happens sometimes or varies depending on the situation
  • the adult can make decisions about some personal or financial matters.
  • If you would like to talk to someone about guardianship please call 1800 810979 or view our FAQ fact sheet.