|Lasting Power of Attorney|
It has been an interesting year so far, with a couple of people who I am very close to needing to go into long term residential care. The impact on the people and their families has been huge and their experience of the care system has been very different.
In the first instance, the person has moved around three different care facilities, because he was being treated, not as a paying client (despite parting with over £700 a week) but as an inmate (his words).
He was originally in a very nice, modern facility for respite care, but was moved to an older facility when it became apparent that his needs were going to be long term. Social Services chose the second home because he didn't have a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare in place. He moved back to the original home only after we put a Power of Attorney in place and his wife was able to complain to the Care Quality Commission on his behalf.
The second person had done the planning in advance and despite having fairly advanced dementia his family was able to sit down with his Doctors and the Local Authority and put in place an appropriate care package from day one.
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