The Mental Capacity Act 2005 allows people who lack capacity (who cannot make some decisions for themselves) to be looked after in a care home or hospital.
The rights of people in these circumstances are protected by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).
Decisions about people’s care must be taken in their best interests, taking into account what they would have decided for themselves if they could have done so.
People subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards have the right to a Relevant person’s representative (RPR) to look after their interests.
The RPR is often a family member or friend appointed during the best interest assessment process. Where that is not possible, their interests could be looked after by an IMCA.
Empower Consultants offer a RPR role to maintain contact with the person and support them.