Who calls the shots?
While you have ‘Mental Capacity’ you do, but it is important to consider that in the future you may not be able to make arrangements or decisions for yourself as an accident or illness can affect our ability to make decisions (at any age) and may lead to someone else having to help or even make some decisions on your behalf in the future.
What is Mental Capacity?
The ability to understand and make a decision when it needs to be made is ‘Mental Capacity’.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is a law that protects and supports those who can’t make some or all decisions for themselves. It has a ‘Code of Practice’ for those who are assessing someone’s capacity and supporting them to make decisions.
Choosing someone to manage your decisions, should there be a time when you are not able to, can help give peace of mind. It can save money and make sure that those caring for you take into account your wishes if they are having to make decisions in your best interests.
Have you thought about these things?
- Who would manage your finances or health decisions if you are no longer able to?
- Do you have an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney?
- Have you made a will or set out your wishes for your care, property or family?
- Would you like to make plans for the future, make sure your loved ones are provided for or inherit what you intended them to?
Please don’t assume, as many do, that if anything happens to you your partner/spouse/children will be able to ‘manage your affairs’ for you, they may not be allowed to if there is no legal provision in place.
Making financial arrangements and life changing care decisions for a loved one can be overwhelming and daunting. Making decisions while you still can saves time and money and helps loved ones follow your wishes.
‘Care Navigators’ are experts in adult care and understand that there are times that require an independent assessment or a third party to support a family with legal issues, estate planning and financial or care planning.
We can help you:
- Make or update a Will
- Make a Power of Attorney and act as Certificate Provider or Witness
- Understand the ways to pay for care
- Find and review care
- Independently assess care needs and Mental Capacity
- Make provisions for loved ones and financial care planning