Angel Care believes everyone has the right to make their own choices about the care they receive – but sometimes that just isn’t possible.
There may come a time when you lack the capacity to make your own decisions. Sometimes people are diagnosed with degenerative conditions, other times a stroke or sudden accident might change lives forever. That’s why making a power of attorney is so crucial.
Powers of Attorney
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people, or attorneys, to help you make care and other important decisions or to make them on your behalf.
Ultimately this gives you more control over what happens to you if you can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made.
There are 2 types of powers of attorney:
- Health & Welfare
- Property & Financial Affairs
You can choose to make one type or both.
The Health & Welfare LPA
The Health & Welfare LPA will give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:
- Your daily routine – including: washing, dressing and eating
- Medical care
- Moving into a care home
- Life-sustaining treatment
Remember, an LPA can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.