A friend’s elderly uncle is in hospital as he has been physically unwell. He has had learning difficulties since he was born. He has lived independently for many years without help. The doctor at the hospital said that he is well enough to leave hospital but that he will need so much help he might need to go into a care home. The family agree that he needs lots of help now.
The hospital doctor said that he does not have capacity to make big decisions for himself, like where he will live, because the doctor thinks the uncle has early signs of dementia. BUT the family believe that mentally he is the same as he always was. So the family don’t agree with the doctor because they think that he does have capacity. The family think that the doctor didn’t properly understand his learning difficulties and that is why he thought he had dementia.
The family is very worried that the hospital don’t think he can make big decisions when they believe he can. They have tried to explain this to the hospital staff but it hasn’t changed anything.
What do you think they should do?