What is a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare?

A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare (LPA) allows you to give someone you trust the legal power to make decisions about your health and personal welfare on your behalf in case you later become unable to make those decisions for yourself. The person who makes the LPA is known as the ‘donor’ and the person given the power to make decisions is known as the ‘attorney’.

In an LPA for Health and Welfare, your attorney can make any decisions about your health and care including where you live and your daily routine. You can also give them the authority to give or refuse consent to life-sustaining treatment on your behalf.

For more information please see guidance on Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.

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