If a person is unable to make certain decisions on their own without someone’s support, they will be able to choose someone they know and trust to be their decision-making assistant.
As a decision-making assistant you will have the legal authority to help the person by gathering relevant information and explaining it to them. You will help the person to understand and weigh up their options. You can also support the person to let other people know about the decision that has been made.
As a decision-making assistant, you do not make a decision with or on behalf of the person. Your role is to support the person to make decisions for themselves.
If a person wants you to be their decision-making assistant, they will be able to make a decision-making assistance agreement. The agreement is made in writing and lists the decisions you can help with. You can only help with decisions that are included in the agreement.