Power of Attorney Explained

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A Power of Attorney is a legal document that appoints someone – your ‘attorney’ – to make decisions on your behalf, should you be unable or do not want to make the decisions for yourself.

You may have heard of the term , having “mental capacity”. This is where you are able to make your own decisions about care or financial decisions. If you do not have “mental Capicity”, it means you are no longer capable of making your own decisions, and this is where your ‘attorney’ would step in to make those decisions for you, whether that be about your personal care (washing, dressing, eating), medical care or decisions on your future care such as arranging for you to move to a care home or for care at home.

If you have not set up Power of Attorney before you reach a point where you no longer have “mental capacity”, this can make life very difficult for your loved ones who will want to make sure you get the right care and are looked after well, as they will not be in a legal position where they can make the decisions for you.

Your ‘attorney’  can assist with your financial affairs such as managing your bank account or selling your home to pay for care.

So it is really important to consider now who you want to appoint as your ‘attorney’ and to set this up, before it is too late.

Noble Live-in Care are partners with Society of Later Life Advisers.  SOLLA will be able to provide free and impartial advice and support. Contact our team on +44 (0) 333 121 2601 or e mail info@nobleliveincare.com, who will be able to assist you in getting in touch with SOLLA for further advice.

For further information of Power of Attorney, please visit AGE UK, Power of Attorney Explained.

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