Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Mid Norfolk
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PoA has nothing to do with wills or dying: it is about how decisions are made and who makes them IF you aren't capable.
We took out PoA for Finance on my Dad in the early stages of dementia: we can pay his bills (inc Care Home fees and sell his bungalow), sort out insurances, etc.
Unfortunately we didn't include PoA for Health, so when he was found lying in a pool of blood in his bungalow last Xmas, HE was able to refuse to go to hospital as the ambulance crew were not prepared to accept verbal statements that he had dementia (he can be very persuasive in appearing "normal") and no family doctor was available to attend. [Dad was frightened that they wouldn't let him out, despite everyone reassuring him that he needed an Xray to see if he'd damaged his hip.]
Eventually he agreed to go to a Care Home on a temporary basis, as he couldn't cope in his home even with family support and 4 visiting carers per day.
They organised capability tests and decided that he wouldn't cope at home, so he was placed in the care of the Local Authority "Best Interests" person.
She felt he needed to stay in the Home, following further Occupational Therapists assessments.
He wanted to get out and after numerous "escape attempts" and phone calls to the police complaining that he was being held prisoner, a court case was instigated.
A solicitor was appointed to fight his case but the outcome was that he is now legally instructed to remain in the current Care Home.
Recently we were presented with an invoice for £28k, to cover his costs from Xmas to early November.
He can have another court hearing next August, but it is unlikely that the judge will order his release.
IF we held PoA for Health, Dad might have been back in his bungalow at Easter.
I'll leave you to decide for yourself whether PoA on Health is important for you - Gordon