A Lasting Power of Attorney in Action

This week’s blog is a little different.  Instead of focussing on aspects of the law, I am going to share a personal experience I had last week

My dad was taken into hospital last week.  Nothing life threatening but still an anxious time for all of us.  He is in his late 70’s and can be a little forgetful at times, but can’t we all.

However, the impact of the illness as well as the stress of being in hospital led him to being confused and disorientated which, after speaking to the staff at the hospital, I found is quite common in older patients.

At one point my dad was unable to remember signing the consent form for his medical procedure, and for the first time I saw a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare in action.

This has changed my view of the Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney.  In the past, I have explained it to clients as being necessary if they develop dementia or a life threatening illness which means that they cannot communicate their wishes at all.  However I now realise that it can be needed in less extreme situations.

In this instance, my mum (who is named as my dad’s primary attorney) was able to sign the consent form on his behalf.  The nursing staff were very grateful that this was in place and it avoided unnecessary stress and delays.

My dad is now home and recovering well, and back to his usual (occasionally forgetful) self.  The Lasting Power of Attorney is away in the drawer again.

When considering making your Lasting Power of Attorney, please bear in mind the impact on older people of being in hospital – even for a minor procedure.  I will stress this to my clients in future

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is simple and I can manage the whole process for you.

If you were thinking about a Lasting Power or Attorney for yourself or a loved one please do not hesitate to get in touch and I can discuss the options with you.

Call me today on 0115 878 0417 or email on amanda@alhlegal-willwriters.co.uk