A working group within Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership has come together to raise awareness and encourage people to consider Power of Attorney.
It can be a very difficult time for families when a loved one is in hospital, especially if that person is incapable of making their own decisions. Many people don’t realise that, unless Power of Attorney is in place, no one else can tell doctors how you would want to be treated, and family have no input in your treatment.
Without Power of Attorney in place, some people may remain in hospital for longer and experience delays in being discharged or transferred to a care home.
This partnership aims to encourage people to start the conversation on Power of Attorney, highlighting the benefits and explaining why it is useful to have in place, rather than waiting until someone is unwell in hospital.
It can also be helpful for patients with dementia and their families.
Additionally, many older people may be eligible to receive legal aid while arranging Power of Attorney.
If your organisation or group would like more information about Power of Attorney, please get in touch.