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What kind of decisions can be made under a Health & Welfare LPA?

A Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can be used by your attorneys (carefully chosen friends or family members appointed in your LPA to make decisions on your behalf) only when you are deemed to have lost mental capacity. It is an incredibly important document that can, if the need arises, make matters a lot easier for those caring for you and gives your attorneys the power to make decisions on a wide range of issues concerning your health and welfare.

Decisions that your attorneys will be able to make on your behalf include :

  • Whether it is necessary for you to go into a care home
  • Making decisions about day-to-day care
  • The healthcare treatment you receive
  • Decisions regarding life-saving treatment
  • Contact with other friends and family members

In your Health & Welfare LPA, you can give your attorneys details of your instructions and/or preferenes. For example, you might state that if care is required you would prefer to be cared for in your own home rather than going into a care home.

If you’d like to know more or are concerned about a friend or family member’s mental capacity or care requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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