Dementia Action and choosing an LPA
Dementia Action Week (17-23 May 2021) is about taking action to improve the lives of those with dementia. Rix & Kay staff are Dementia Friends and are trained to understand the perspective of living well with dementia and how to help.
No one really wants to think about getting dementia, why would we, it is a scary thought that there is a chance that one day you might forget… everything. It is all too easy to say to yourself, in the words of Scarlett O’Hara, “I can’t think about that right now… I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Well, tomorrow is today, so start thinking!
Dementia does not care what age, race or sex you are. It does not care if you are rich or poor! You don’t always see it coming! In the event it comes knocking at your door, why not be wise and be ready for it.
Choose an LPA
Putting a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place can make a world of difference not only to you, but to your loved ones. When a member of the family is diagnosed with dementia it affects everyone. Not only do your loved ones have to see you forget who you are, but also forget who they are. At this time, it is a runaway train that cannot be stopped, an LPA however will make sure your voice is not left at the station. It gives your loved ones a way of still being a part of your life and staying connected to you. They will hear you through the decisions you make in the LPA. Anything that is important to you can be put into an LPA, whether it is where you would like to live, the food you want, who you want to cut your hair and even life sustaining treatment. You can still be you and they can be the ones to make it happen!
If you are lucky enough to have someone in your life that you can trust… wholly trust… then be proactive about your future and make sure if you cannot make decisions for yourself you are going to jolly well pick the person who will do it for you!! This is what Lasting Powers of Attorney are made for!
What do I need to do once I have decided to make LPAs
- Who is going to be your attorney(s) (this is the person(s) who will have legal authority to make decisions on your behalf) this must be someone you trust completely
- Your attorney can be anyone over the age of 18 who is competent e.g. a member of your family, a friend or a solicitor
- Do you want to give specific instructions in the LPA or do you want your attorney(s) to decide for you?
- The documents can be prepared and registered for you by a solicitor or you can use the Office of the Public Guardian website if you wish to prepare them yourself
It is important to note that without an LPA being in place, if dementia does come along and you can no longer make decisions for yourself, a Deputyship Order will need to be made and this is a time consuming and sometimes costly process. If you lose capacity, there is likely to be a period of several months in which no-one can deal with your affairs while they wait for a Deputy to be appointed. This can put additional financial and emotional pressure on your loved ones during what is already a stressful time.