There are more than enough reasons why we should make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and with dementia being an unpredictable and dilapidating disease that affects 850,000 people in the UK – a statistic that is only rising – this one is more than enough.
There is no way to imagine what we would be like and how we would feel if we were defeated by dementia or mentally incapacitating injury or disease but we can make a stand now and think, what would I want for myself if such an instance should happen.
An LPA is not for just having your property and finances in order, it’s for answering questions like this should you no longer be able to.
Where would you want to live?
What would you like to eat?
Who would you like to look after your well being?
There has been many issues involving family members who have been admitted into a healthcare facility and assessments being made after long stays by Social Services and Local Authorities that were not obligated to involve the rest of the family. Families are being left out of meetings and not being involved in huge decisions about the care package for their loved one.
Far too much are we seeing family members out of control of simple decisions for those they love. Not being able to choose where your mother is housed, not being contacted about your father’s deteriorating appetites and the options he has, not being able to be there how you want to be there and seeing them somewhere they shouldn’t be.
There are processes in place where you can dispute decisions made by professionals and authorities but they are long winded, and expensive, causing the kind of stress not many people can handle – torn between your loved one, the court, your work and family, it’s almost too much, but in these cases something has to be done to restore some kind of control over the care of your loved one.
No one wants to have to deal with these kind of pressures, and they shouldn’t be worried about it before it has even happened, and the best way to have full peace of mind, is to ensure you have a Health and Welfare LPA alongside your Property and Financial LPA.
Ask yourself the questions above, and imagine another situation entirely.
Call Will Protect for more information and advice about the process of a Lasting Power of Attorney.