When is a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney appropriate for you?

You may already know about Lasting Powers of Attorney (called LPAs for short), which are documents that gives your appointed Attorneys the authority and ability to act on your behalf.

However, did you know that there are two distinct LPAs, namely the Property and Financial Affairs LPA, which provides your Attorneys with the ability to access your bank accounts for example, and the less common Health and Welfare LPA.

The Health and Welfare LPA is a very personal document. It can provide information to your Attorneys about your wishes, from where you would like your food shopping to be done to where you would like to live in the future. You can also give your Attorneys the authority to give or refuse consent to life-sustaining treatment on your behalf. You can impose restrictions and conditions, or offer guidance to your Attorneys.

A particular reason for preparing the Health and Welfare LPA is if you do not have any close relatives who are aware of your wishes or if you want non-family members to assist you. The Health and Welfare LPA can only be registered once you have lost capacity.

If you simply have concerns about medical care and treatment, you can prepare a Living Will, also known as an Advance Directive, which allows you to specify the extent and nature of the healthcare and medical treatment that you would or would not find acceptable were you to lose capacity in the future.

If you have any queries regarding this article or if you would like to discuss preparing a LPA or a Living Will please feel free to telephone or e-mail us at the Owen Kenny Partnership Ltd on 01243 790532 or info@owenkenny.co.uk.