When we think of carers, we often first consider the day to day needs of those who are being looked after. The Carers Trust reports that there are currently 7 million people caring in the UK and that 3 in 5 people will be a carer at some point in their lives. This often means trying to balance the needs of other family members with those they are caring for, taking time out of careers, and having to sometimes make difficult decisions about care and finances with little support. These additional elements are often overlooked as most only consider the role of a carer with regards to the care needed at home.
Making a decision about someone’s care, medical treatment or financial arrangements is a responsibility not many would relish, especially where the situation has not been considered or discussed and the person being cared for has lost capacity.
As the number of us who will either provide or require care over the coming years will increase, it is more important than ever that the legal documents to support all involved are drawn up correctly. Lasting Powers of attorney for Health & Welfare and Property & Financial Affairs can be put in place years in advance, appointing those who will make decisions in your best interests if you were to require care and not be able to make decisions yourself. By completing these documents, you can also ensure that you have the opportunity to speak to those who will be acting for you, helping them to make difficult decisions in the future in the knowledge that they understand your wants and needs.
For further information please contact our office in either Towcester or Market Harborough, where one of our team will be happy to assist.