Over 2 million people lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves due to dementia, mental health difficulties, brain injuries or other illnesses
Alzheimer’s is now the leading cause of death for the first time at 11.6%. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures indicate that 61,686 people died from either dementia or Alzheimer’s in 2015. The rise in Alzheimer’s disease became the leading cause of death because we are simply living longer.
What should you do if these statistics worry you?
There is only one answer, get the two Power of Attorneys listed below
- A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Property and Financial Affairs
- A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Health & Welfare
LPA for Property and Financial Affairs
A Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs gives authority to your appointed Attorney or Attorneys to handle your property and financial matters on your behalf when you no longer can do it for yourself.
The powers extend to all matters concerning your finances: this could include selling property belonging to you, (including your home), or buying property in your name, managing bank accounts and investments, continue to run your business and make payment towards your healthcare.
The attorneys cannot act on your behalf until the Document has been registered with The Office of the Public Guardian.
LPA for Health & Welfare
A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare covers decisions relating to your social and healthcare needs which can include where you live, how you are cared for and what healthcare you receive, for example the decision to send you to a nursing home.
Attorneys of a Health & Welfare LPA can only use this power if the LPA document has been registered with the Office of Public Guardian and you are not capable of making the decision for yourself.
The Health & Welfare LPA covers both your welfare and the consent or refusal of consent to life sustaining treatment.
For further information or assistance, please contact us via:
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