An example case study
Mary is an older woman in the early stages of dementia. The Public Guardian has been appointed as Mary's guardian with the authority to make decisions about her services and medical and dental consent. Mary has little insight into her care needs and so the Public Guardian makes decisions on her behalf regarding the services she receives at home. Mary's doctor informs the Public Guardian that Mary is able to understand and consent to the flu vaccination treatment that she has prescribed. Therefore the Public Guardian does not need to provide consent on Mary's behalf.