If a client is refusing an assessment or help it is important to consider if they have the capacity to make decisions especially related to safety. The flow chart B from DHHS provides guidance to consider when a client is refusing services, their capacity and the implications. Guardianship is used when a person is deemed not to have the capacity to make their own decisions. This requires a decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Guardianship is the appointment of a person (a ‘guardian’) to make decisions for an adult with a disability (the ‘represented person’) when they are unable to do so. Once a guardian is in place a State Trustee may be appointed to manage and administer a person’s finances.