Everyone has the right to make their own decisions based on what they believe is best for them. Here are five tips to help you support someone with mild or moderate cognitive disability make important decisions:
• Ensure the person making the decision doesn’t feel pressured into making a particular decision
• Be aware that a person’s preferences can change over time and with different people
• Always differentiate between your opinions and facts. Frame your point of view by starting with “Can I offer an opinion?”
• In the beginning, it’s best to meet in a quiet place with minimal distractions where the person making the decision feels comfortable
• Take a break! Rather than trying to do it all in one go, short bursts of conversation can be very effective when supporting someone to make decisions
These tips are from new resources developed by our Research team about providing decision-making support to people with disability.
Download the resources from our website.