At Catherine Allison & Co we believe in protecting yourself for your future by putting protective measures in place now that may help before potential problems arise. Services we offer in relation to safe guarding yourself are:
The Assisted Decision-Making (capacity ) Act 2015 – this allows people to make legal agreements on how they can be supported to make decisions about their personal welfare, property and affairs. This may help , if you dont have the capacity to make decisions, now or in the future without help. People who may have difficulty making decisions e.g people with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injury, mental health difficulty or dementia.
Advanced Healthcare Directive – you can make a written statement about the type of medical or surgical treatment you want or do not want, if in the future you are unable to make these decisions. this is called an Advance Healthcare Directive (AHD).
Please note an AHD is only used if you lose capacity and you can no longer communicate your wishes yourself. It lets your family, carers and healthcare professionals know your wishes about your medical and surgical treatment if you are unable to make or communicate those decisions yourself.
Enduring Power of Attorney– An enduring power of Attorney (EPA) is a legal agreement that can be set up by a person to allow an appointed person to look after their financial or personal affairs , in the event that they no longer have the capacity to do so themselves.
Having an EPA is a good way of planning for the possibility hat you may not be able to make certain decisions for yourself at some stage. A person can lose their decision-making abilities at any stage. An enduring power of attorney is just one of the legal arrangements you can make in the event you become incapacitated or unable to deal with your affairs.