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Lasting Power of Attorney – Health and Welfare

Last week we discussed why it was important to receive the correct legal advice and support whilst registering a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). We also briefly mentioned the difference between the two different types. This week we wanted to provide some information regarding the Health and Welfare LPA.

There may become a time when you or your loved one does not 
have the capacity to make your/their own decisions about things such as:
  • Medical care
  • Having to move into a care home
  • Daily routine; including things such as eating, dressing, hygiene etc
  • Life-saving treatment
  • People you should have contact with or not
An LPA can only be registered whilst the person has full mental capacity and the Health and Welfare LPA can only be used when they unable to make their own decisions.

It is possible to have more than one attorney (the person who will make decisions on your behalf) and you can decide if they make decisions independently or jointly. They need to be over 18 years of age and can be a relative, spouse, friend or professional person such as a solicitor. However, it is important that you choose someone who you feel would represent your wishes and you trust them to make decisions on your behalf.

“My brother and I registered an LPA for our Father for both Financial and Health and Welfare. When he was admitted to hospital there were procedures that the medical team wanted to carry out that our Father was adamant, he didn’t want. Even though he was living with Dementia, he still had
capacity to understand what was being discussed and make decisions for himself. However, his Dementia resulted in him not being able to remember what he had been asked and therefore, the medical team deemed he didn’t have capacity. My brother and I knew that he was capable of making decisions as no matter how many times you asked the same question; the answer was always consistent. It was only when we told the team we had an LPA that we and they were able to abide by his wishes.” CW & AH

An LPA is not just for the elderly, it should be something that we all consider; we could be involved in an accident or become ill at any age and suddenly lose capacity.

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For further information on how we can help and our services please contact:  
Marilyn Cockett on:
01302 770662/ 07899050622
or email:
If you need help deciding if you should make a lasting power of attorney, contact the Office of the Public Guardian:

Office of the Public Guardian
Telephone: 0300 456 0300
Textphone: 0115 934 2778
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,
9am to 5pm 
Wednesday,10am to 5pm

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