IMCA involvement in accommodation decisions and care reviews
The IMCA identifying accommodation and support options
The MCA Code of Practice states that IMCAs 'should find out what alternative options there are' and 'check whether the decision-maker has considered all possible options' (10.20). This means the role goes beyond responding to just those options proposed by the decision-maker.
At times, because of their experience and knowledge of local services and community facilities, IMCAs may have ideas about possible accommodation or support. It is in the person's best interests that these are shared with decision-makers. For example, IMCAs may offer the following:
- names of care services which may meet the person's needs and wishes
- potential activities that the person may wish to be involved in
- potential changes to the person's home environment.
When making such suggestions, the IMCA should:
- present their ideas to the decision-maker as 'options for consideration' and not as 'recommendations' – nor in any other way which suggests the IMCA has decided what is in the person's best interests
- be sure to disclose any potential conflict of interest – for example, if a potential care service has a contract with the same advocacy provider