What’s involved in being a decision-making assistant?

As a decision-making assistant, your role will be to help a person with the decisions included in their decision-making assistance agreement. This means you will be able to access relevant information and records for the person. This might involve contacting a bank, utility, or healthcare provider.

You will help them to understand and weigh up their options. You will support them to let other people know about the decision that has been made.

You cannot make a decision for the person. Your role is to provide support that enables the person to make the decision for themselves. 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 come to a decision.

There will be a Code of Practice for the guidance of decision-making assistants.