Office Of The Public Guardian
On 16 August the government changed the rules on self-isolation. If youre fully vaccinated or under 18 and 6 months youre not required to self-isolate when youve had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Find out whether you need to self-isolate and how you can protect others if:
- you live with someone who has or might have COVID-19
- youve been in contact with someone who has or might have COVID-19 but you do not live with them
During the coronavirus pandemic, your role and responsibilities as a deputy or attorney remain the same. However, you should refer to government guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
I am self isolating what can I do?
If you are self-isolating, over 60 or you have underlying health concerns, you must continue to make decisions for the person. You cannot ask anyone else to make those decisions for you.
However, you can make a decision, then have someone help with any tasks you cannot do yourself.
If you need to make a decision but want to talk to the person first, think about how urgent it is and whether it could be delayed.
Working with the persons health or care providers
Being an attorney or deputy does not mean that you can tell a health or care provider they have to use their resources to help the person.
If the person is due to get medical treatment such as the COVID-19 vaccine, they need to be able to consent to it. If they lack capacity to consent, as attorney or deputy you should make the decision for them if you have the relevant power. The vaccination team should contact you to find out your decision.
You will not have the power to make that decision if you are a property and affairs deputy or an attorney on a property and financial affairs LPA. In that case, the decision about whether the person receives the vaccine is taken by the person administering the vaccination.
If you are a health and welfare deputy or an attorney on a health and welfare LPA, then you will likely be involved in that decision.
DHSC has published guidance on vaccination and mental capacity.
Can I stop acting as an attorney or deputy temporarily?
No, you cannot give up your role temporarily.
You should think carefully before doing this, as it may leave the person without the support they need.