What's involved in being a co-decision-maker?

As a co-decision-maker, your role will be to make certain decisions together with the person who has appointed you. You will only act as co-decision-maker for decisions listed in the agreement. However, any decision included in the agreement must be made together.

You will be able to access relevant information and records for the person. This might involve contacting a bank, utility of healthcare provider. Together, you will look at relevant information, discuss the options and outcomes and jointly come to a decision that respects their wishes. You can support them to let other people know about the decision that has been made.

You cannot make a decision on behalf of the person. Your role is to support them by making the decision together with them. This might include taking complex information and explaining it in clear and simple terms. It could also include making sure the person has enough time to weigh up their options and then make the decision with you.

There will be a Code of Practice for the guidance of co-decision-makers.