What is a Capacity Assessment?

A Capacity Assessment provides a formal, objective & independent assessment of an individual's capacity to make financial (property) & personal care decisions. It involves gathering relevant information from the person being assessed, family members, professional service providers & others (as required). This information is then recorded, verified, organized, & summarized within the appropriate legal framework to arrive at an opinion regarding mental capacity. The person being assessed has the right to refuse the assessment (with some exceptions), and is entitled to receive written notice of the findings.

What areas can be assessed?

Mental capacity is examined in the following decisional domains:

  • Finances / property
  • Health care
  • Nutrition
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene
  • Safety

What service does Paradigm offer?

  • Specialized knowledge & expertise
  • Standard assessment protocol
  • On-site assessments (where client resides)
  • Evening & weekend appointments
  • Preparation of a Needs Statement (when required for court application for guardianship)