Substituted judgement

I have to decide if my auntie goes into a hostel and I have never discussed this with her, so I don’t know what to do.

  • Even if she did not give specific instructions, she may have expressed her views indirectly through conversations, old letters or other communication.
  • You could seek input from other family members and her friends to see if she had expressed her views or wishes to them in any way.
  • You need to think about previous decisions she has made in her life and how she has made these.
  • You can ‘put yourself in her shoes’ to try to imagine how she would make this decision.
  • With all that information, you can make a substituted judgement – what you believe she would have chosen herself.
  • If you cannot work out what she would have chosen, you will need to weigh up the pros and cons of each course of action and decide what is in her best interests.