Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
Planning in advance & why you should do an LPA
We believe in successful ageing.
To age successfully and gracefully, it is important to have good advance planning. We encourage everyone to set up a lasting power of attorney (LPA), in order to reduce the stress on yourself and your family in times of need. It is also advisable to start a conversation with your doctor & family about your preferred plan of care in the future.
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to appoint someone you trust, to make decisions for you at a time when you can no longer do so. You may appoint more than 1 person (“donee”) for the LPA.
Your donee(s) may be authorized to make decisions involving the your personal welfare and/or property and affairs.
Examples of decisions involving personal welfare may include: decisions on where is the ideal place for you to stay taking into account your needs and personal preferences, day to day decisions and handling of your personal correspondence.
Decisions involving property and affairs may include: dealing your property and bank accounts when you find it difficult to continue to do so.
What about Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a series of discussions to plan for your future health and personal care. Unlike the LPA, the ACP is not a legal document – it is an expression of your wishes and ideals.
It involves sharing your personal values and beliefs, exploring what you might want or not want in certain medical situations and penning down these wishes and preferences. These should be made known to your donee – who can then in future be better able to make the decisions in your best interests, by taking into account your wishes, values and preferences.
Take an active role in your golden years to plan for times of need. Discuss with your psychiatrist about the Lasting Power of Attorney and start the conversation with your family. This can reduce conflicts and stress when your family is faced with the task of making a decision on your behalf.
How can I make an LPA?
An LPA certificate must be issued by either a certified certificate issuer, lawyer or Psychiatrist.
At Mind Care Clinic, we simplify the entire LPA process for our patients.