Lasting power of Attorney and Living Wills. Kelly Gladwish-Harris GP ST3. Lasting Power of Attorney. LPA replaces the old Enduring Power of attorney
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Enables person who has capacity and over 18 to choose a person(s) to make decisions on their behalf at a time in the future when they lack the capacity to make their own decisions or no longer wish to.
Can only be used once they are registered with the Office of the public guardian.
Must meet certain requirements of Mental capacity Act.
Life sustaining treatment defined as treatment that in the view of the person providing health care to the person concerned, is necessary to sustain their life. This can include artificial nutrition and fluids.
Must be in writing, signed or can instruct someone to sign it in their presence. Witnessed.
Must include written statement that the advance decision is to apply to the specific treatment even if their life is at risk.