A new study published by Solicitors for the Elderly has suggested that the UK is heading for an ‘incapacity crisis’.
The number of people diagnosed with dementia in the UK is around 540,000. This has increased by more than 50% since 2005. It is estimated that of the 12.8 million British residents aged over 65, one in 14 is likely to develop dementia.
If an individual has not signed a lasting power of attorney and they lose the capacity to make their own decisions, their wishes regarding their health, welfare, care and medical treatment may not be followed.
Before a health and welfare lasting power of attorney can be used it must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. Less than one million health and welfare lasting powers of attorney have been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. This suggests that the majority of individuals at risk of dementia have not made proper arrangements for their care.
Solicitors for the Elderly states
‘Nothing offers more protection than putting a health and welfare lasting power of attorney in place.’
Expert advice about these documents and their implications is essential.
Contact our experts for advice and assistance now. You can also find more information about lasting powers of attorney on our web pages.
Author: Katy Burgin