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:
- Fenelon Falls
- Midland / Penetang
- Parry Sound
- Wasaga Beach
- Port Hope
Legal Capacity Assessments
Professional Opinions of Capacity
- Capacity to grant or revoke a Power of Attorney for property
- Capacity to grant or revoke Power of Attorney for Personal Care
- Capacity to grant or revoke a Will
- Capacity to manage money and finances for banks or investment companies
- Capacity to manage settlement money
- Assessments to determine who is the legal decision maker
- Capacity to request medical assistance in death