A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare allows your appointed attorney(s) to make decisions about:

  • your daily care routine
  • medical care
  • moving in to residential care
  • decisions regarding life sustaining treatment

A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare allows your appointed attorney(s) to make decisions about:

This Lasting Power of Attorney can only be used once your are no longer to make decisions for yourself.

Any decision your attorney makes must comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and all decisions must be made in your best interests.

If you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place then all decisions regarding your health and welfare will be made by those whose care you are in.

In order to make a Lasting Power of Attorney you must still have capacity and it is therefore important to make one sooner rather than later.

Capacity can be lost as a result of:

  • dementia
  • mental health problems
  • brain injury
  • alcohol or drug misuse
  • the side-effects of medical treatment