Capacity vs Competency

(2016) Capacity vs Competency. Aging, Department of (Elder Affairs, Department of)

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Abstract

“Capacity” and “competency” are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, under Iowa law and specifically within the context of an individual’s rights to make his/ her own decisions, there is a very important difference between the two words. An understanding of the difference between “capacity” and “competency” (as explained on this fact sheet) is essential to determine whether an individual’s consent is valid.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: capacity, competency, consent, competent, guardianship, conservator, elderly, elder, nursing, home, tenant, old, mental,
Subjects: Health and medicine
Health and medicine > Family planning
Health and medicine > Healthcare
Health and medicine > Healthcare > Mental health
Health and medicine > Healthcare > Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
Social issues and programs
Social issues and programs > Aging
Social issues and programs > Family
ID Code: 21965
Deposited By: Pat Wyatt
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2016 16:48
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 16:48
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/21965