Ingrid is in the early stages of dementia and is currently receiving support in her own home from professional care workers. She has recently been meeting up with her 38-year-old grandson every week in a local restaurant and has been paying for lunch each time. Her support worker is concerned that the grandson is exploiting Ingrid for money and free lunches and considers whether the situation needs to be formally investigated. Ingrid, however, is able to recognise the concerns that the support worker has and explains that her grandson is the only relative she has contact with and is happy to spend her disposable money on him as it maintains their contact and makes her feel like she still has a purpose and identity as a grandmother.
Although this decision may appear unwise, and does cause some alarm, where the individual has capacity, their right to make unwise decisions should be protected.
Case study examples taken from practice and linked to information in the toolkit to give practical examples of different aspects of the Act.