Lasting Power Of Attorney Health And Welfare
It is crucial to point out the equal, if not greater, importance of the H&W LPA. This is commonly overlooked and if not addressed whilst you still have mental capacity to appoint an attorney can result in control of future care requirements being placed in the hand of Local Authorities.
The attorney’s you appoint to make personal care decisions will only be able to use this power once the LPA has been registered and provided that you cannot make the required decision yourself.
Your attorney shall be able to make decisions, such as:
- Giving or refusing consent to particular types of health care, including medical treatment decisions; or
- Whether you continue to live in your own home, perhaps with help and support from social services, or whether residential care would be more appropriate for you.