The Mental Capacity Act 2005 ('the MCA') is the law which sets out how to make decisions for people who lack mental capacity. Under the law, any decision made must be in the best interests of the person in question.
People involved with decision-making could include family members, advocates (including IMCAs), care home managers and other care organisations.
In most cases, everyone involved can agree on a decision through 'best interests' decision-making process under the MCA. Any serious disputes can be referred to the Court of Protection for a decision.