IMCA involvement in accommodation decisions and care reviews
Practice guide for people with limited contact
This guidance suggests that the following questions should be considered by local authorities and NHS trusts to help decide if an IMCA should be instructed where there may be limited contact with family or friends.
Are there family or friends who:
- Have a good knowledge of the person through significant contact (even if a lot of this was some time ago)?
- Have the confidence to speak up about the person's needs and wishes. For example, would they be able to make a complaint?
- For accommodation decisions (other than admission to local hospitals), have the opportunity to view the proposed accommodation before a decision is made?
- For care reviews, have visited the person recently in their current accommodation?