Why Lasting Power of Attorney is essential

Our lawyer friends regularly tell us about problems and costs that have arisen because someone did not register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Here are details of one such case.

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Elderly disadvantaged

We had yet another case this week of an elderly person being discharged from hospital after an illness, who was no longer capable of looking after herself, but who was not – as the rules require – given a needs assessment by social services.

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Anger over mounting care crisis

Almost any day some news programme or newspaper carries an item about the crisis in care. NHS chiefs complain about bed-blocking by patients who cannot be discharged because social services cannot find accommodation for them. Care homes teeter on the verge of bankruptcy because the rate local authorities pay them is barely enough and costs have risen due to the Minimum Living Wage.  Local authorities’ increasingly desperate pleas for more money from the government have had no response.

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