Supporting residents to make decisions
Before deciding a person lacks capacity, it is important to take steps to enable them to try to make the decision themselves.
- Does the person have all the relevant information they need e.g. the benefits and possible side effects?
- Could information be explained or presented in a way that is easier for them to understand (for example, by using simple language or visual aids)?
- Are there particular times of day when the resident’s understanding is better – some people with dementia are more confused in the evening?
Are there particular locations where the resident may feel more at ease e.g. in their room? Information on consent and preparing for the vaccine for residents with Learning Disability, is available from the London Learning Disability COVID-19 Vaccine information pack
Resources to support decision-making
- About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
- Keep Safe Easy read posters
- PHE Easy read Guide to the COVID -19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccination programme resources
- NHS England/Improvement Video on the COVID 19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Vaccine: Accessibility and reasonable adjustments for individuals with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges
Consent forms can be found here
- Consent form for care home residents who are able to consent
- Template letter for care home residents who are able to consent – contains information about the vaccine
- Consent form for completion by Lasting Power of Attorney (health and welfare)
- Template letter for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
- Form for a relative (person) with LPA to express their views which may be part of a best interest decision
- Template letter for relatives
Staff consent form and letter can be found here