If you are concerned that you may in the future lose your capacity to make decisions for yourself. You might want to consider a Health and Welfare Lasting power of attorney.
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If you can’t let people know what your wishes are you may be placed in a care home when in fact you wished to stay at home for as long as possible. You may also have medical treatments or procedures which you would not have had if you had been able to communicate your wishes.
Having a Health and Welfare Lasting power of attorney means that you can choose who will be able to make these decisions.
You can choose a family member or trusted friend to make decisions about your health and care such as:-
Anyone who acts for you will have to follow a Code for Conduct laid down by the law and must act in your best interests and (where possible) under your guidance.
In short as soon as possible. You never know when you will have an accident or Illness. You can only make an LPA when you have the mental capacity to do so.
If you lose capacity without making an LPA someone may have to apply for a deputyship on your behalf. They may not know what your wishes were and therefore cannot take these into account.
The sooner you make a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney the sooner you know your wishes will be considered if something was to happen.
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