What Is A Lasting Power Of Attorney For Health & Care?
This document is a legal binding document which you put in place nominating certain people to act on your behalf should the need arise.
The document may have certain restrictions and/or guidance but usually you as the “donor” give your “attorneys” power to help you make decisions about: -
- Where you live
- What you wear
- Who visits you
- What you eat
As you can see, these decisions are not be taken lightly. You will always decide on the above unless you have lost the capacity and do not understand.
When can it be used?
This document must be registered with the Office of The Public Guardian before it can be used and the donor must lack capacity. i.e be unable to make a decision.
Again, registration does not need to be completed by the donor at the time of making the document, this can be something attorneys complete at a later date.
What do I need to do as an Attorney?
You must act in the donor’s best interest when they are unable to do so.
The Lasting Power of Attorney will also include instructions about refusing or consenting to treatment.
You will need to:
- show the LPA to care staff
- sign medical consent forms
- make decisions in the donor’s best interests
What if I cant make a decision?
You may apply for a one-off decision from the Court of Protection to make a decision should you be unable to make a decision or need guidance
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