Designated Capacity Assessor Services

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Shauna MacEachern is an Occupational Therapist and Designated Capacity Assessor, based in the City of Kawartha Lakes, with over 25 years experience. I work with adults and seniors with memory or cognitive impairments to determine if they can understand and appreciate their financial, health, social and/or legal affairs in order to make informed decisions and to reason and problem solve how to manage their affairs. There are no standardized capacity assessment tools to assess decision-making capacity in Ontario. Sometimes referred to as “decision-making capacity”, “legal capacity”, or “mental capacity,” an assessment by a Designated Capacity Assessor uses the criteria outlined by the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992.

A person is incapable if the person is not able to understand information that is relevant to making a decision, OR

is not able to appreciate the reasonably foreseeable consequences of a decision or lack of decision.

For those who lack capacity I will help to arrange for supports and advocates to work with them. The prevention of Elder Abuse plays a significant role in some of my interactions with vulnerable adults since being incapable of making well thought out choices is a significant risk factor for abusers to take advantage of them. I offer thorough, client-centred capacity assessments to vulnerable adults with developmental or neurological disabilities, brain injuries, mental health concerns and/or dementia. 

I work with clients throughout central Ontario. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic I have successfully provided a range of secure, valid and safe capacity assessments using videoconferencing solutions for clients across Ontario. Where videoconference is not suitable or available, I see clients face to face in their home environments.

My home office is ideally located in Woodville, Ontario in the City of Kawartha Lakes. I routinely travel to Durham and York regions, Simcoe, Muskoka, Haliburton, Peterborough, Hastings, Northumberland counties, and the City of Kawartha Lakes to conduct capacity assessments. I have provided services to clients in all these areas:

  • Lindsay
  • Fenelon Falls
  • Bobcaygeon
  • Beaverton
  • Sunderland
  • Orillia
  • Barrie
  • Midland / Penetang
  • Parry Sound
  • Collingwood
  • Wasaga Beach
  • Angus
  • Newmarket
  • Aurora
  • Keswick
  • Scarborough
  • Markham
  • Ajax
  • Pickering
  • Oshawa
  • Whitby
  • Bowmanville
  • Port Hope
  • Cobourg
  • Peterborough
  • Campbellford
  • Stirling
  • Grafton
  • Brighton
  • Hastings
  • Bancroft
  • Haliburton
  • Minden
  • Gravenhurst
  • Huntsville
  • Bracebridge