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Health, Welfare and Dignity in Later Years

‘Eat five pieces of fruit/vegetables a day’ ‘Exercise for thirty minutes 3 times a week’ ‘Drink 8 pints of water a day’ Throughout our lives we are constantly encouraged and advised to protect and maintain our health and welfare. We all succumb to the usual rituals in order to strive to continue living healthy lives. Unfortunately there are times in our lives when we may not be able to look after ourselves, as we may not be mentally capable to do so. At this point who takes care of our health and welfare is left to fate.

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Recently a groundbreaking change has been enacted which enables us all, should we lose capacity to ensure we still have the LEGAL power to protect and maintain our health and welfare. This is in the form of a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney.

Since the introduction of the Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney milestone we can now appoint another to act on our behalf in relation to our Health and Welfare ranging from what clothes we may wear to whether or not our lives may be prolonged through medical treatments.

The Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney empowers us to retain control over ourselves even though we do not have mental capacity, enabling us to maintain the quality of life that we should expect.

The list below gives examples of the areas in which the Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney can assist your attorney's decisions and in turn assist you by staying in control of yourself even if capacity is lost.

  • Where you should live
  • Who you should live with
  • Who may have contact with you
  • Consent or refuse medical treatment on your behalf
  • Make arrangements regarding medical, dental and optical treatment
  • Make assessments and provisions for community care services
  • Whether you can take part in social and leisure activities or education and training activities
  • Deal with any of your personal correspondence and papers
  • Deal with access to your personal information
  • Deal with any complaints regarding your care and treatment

To make provision for your Health and Welfare should be an utmost priority in order to maintain control when it's needed the most and ensure your wishes are carried out.