Why is a guardianship order made?

A mental incapacity may affect a person’s ability to look after their own health, safety or welfare (or to manage their own affairs, see Administration page for details). 

SACAT can appoint a guardian under a guardianship order to make accommodation, health and lifestyle decisions on behalf of the person who has mental incapacity to ensure the proper care and protection of that person. 

Mental incapacity can include 

  • an intellectual disability, brain damage, mental illness, and conditions such as dementia 
  • a physical illness or being in a physically unwell state where a person cannot communicate their intentions, such as being in a coma.