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Start thinking about Power of Attorney HSCM recognises that it can be hard to imagine a time when we are not able to make decisions ourselves about our welfare or finances. Sadly, our staff frequently see people who are in this situation. Next of kin are often surprised to learn that they have no legal rights to make decisions on someone else’s behalf. We see the distress it causes to families when a Power of Attorney (POA) is not in place. Without one, a family member or the health and social care partnership may have to go to court to request guardianship. This can be a long and stressful process at a time when emotions are already running high. POA is a written legal document giving a nominated person (your Attorney) authority to take actions or make decisions on your behalf. Having one in place enables you to plan what you want another person to do for you in the future, should you become incapable of making decisions affecting your own affairs. For those who are patient facing, or indeed just thinking ahead to the future, it may be useful to start the conversation about POA. Anyone interested in finding out more about Power of Attorney should consult their solicitor or visit https://mypowerofattorney.org.uk
Get It Sorted A Power of Attorney is more important than ever: Covid-19 has seen many more people lose capacity, even for a short time. Take your first steps and make your plan today.