Power of Attorney
“It can make a big difference to the wellbeing of people and their families,” our friends at Good Life Good Death Good Grief vouch.
If you become unable to make decisions and don’t have a Power of Attorney, someone close to you would have to apply to court for an Intervention Order or Guardianship Order so they can deal with your affairs on your behalf. This can be costly and time consuming, and very stressful for families. At any one time 150 NHS beds are taken up by people who don’t need hospital treatment but who can’t be released because they’re not able to give their permission to be moved to a more appropriate care setting.
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Good life, Good death, Good grief website includes some general information about planning ahead: