Do Not Resuscitate – Health & Welfare LPAs
Increasingly, care plans of residents in care homes, or patients in hospital, contain paperwork pertaining to a decision concerning their resuscitation. This should be completed following consultation with the patient, their family and consideration as to whether the patient has made an advance decision or health and welfare lasting power of attorney.
However, the End of Life Care Audit—Dying in Hospital: National report for England 2016, published in March 2016 by the Royal College of Physicians, found up to 40,000 patients a year across the country were having the ‘orders’ imposed on them without their families being made aware.
In our experience, none of our Clients would ever wish to believe that they could be in a situation whereby their family and loved ones were not asked whether to ‘resuscitate’, or whether live sustaining care should be taken away.
There is a simple answer. As part of later life planning, it is essential to consider whether you need a Health & Welfare LPA.
Such lasting powers of attorney give the power back to whoever you choose, to take those decisions when they matter most.
It takes several months to take out a Health & Welfare LPA, but once registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, they are effective and ensure that your wishes are carried out.
Our advice? include these LPAs with your later life planning. Once done, they do not need to be re-done, and can be put away in the hope that they will not be needed.
In making such preparation, you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for the future, whatever it holds.
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