Health & Welfare needs and welfare decision making
Having a voice, at a time when capacity is lacking or strength and resolve is too weak to fight, is of the utmost importance.
A Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney enables an appointed attorney to make decisions on your behalf when you lack capacity in relation to all of your health and welfare needs. This could be deciding what you have for lunch, what medication you take or, if authorised, to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment.
It used to be that you either had capacity or not. Since the Mental Capacity Act 2005 this has changed and capacity is assessed on a decision by decision basis. Further, your attorneys have to try to enable you to make decisions for yourself and making an unwise decision does not of itself mean that you lack capacity.
If no Power of Attorney exists best interest meetings must be held to make decisions in relation to health and welfare needs. Disputes could end up in the Court of Protection.
We offer a co-ordination and management service to help and support you and your attorneys with health and welfare decision making. This could involve visiting someone in hospital to ensure their care needs are being met, attending hospital discharge meetings, arranging respite, domiciliary or care home packages to suit you. We also liaise with medical teams about ongoing care.
We do not stop there. We look at alternative therapies to help improve your quality of life and care. We develop social activity plans to keep you alert and active. You will often find us planting tomato plants, putting up Christmas trees, helping with shopping and baking cakes to enhance quality of life. Our party planning skills are amazing!
In fact, we do whatever you need us to do. Talk to us about how we can make a difference to you or someone important to you.