New report warns of looming incapacity crisis

Posted by Penny Wright

04-07-2018

A new report from SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) and independent think tank, Centre for Future Studies, reveals the UK is leaving medical and care preferences to chance. The report looks at the ever-increasing number of people living with dementia which, combined with the failure to plan ahead for mental incapacity, exposes a looming crisis.

In response, a coalition of organisations, led by SFE – the specialist organisation that connects older and vulnerable clients with legal experts in older client law – are joining forces to encourage people to tackle the taboos around end of life planning, in order to prevent an incapacity crisis.

Without the necessary provisions in place, potential life-changing medical and care decisions are taken away from loved ones.

Only 3% of people in the South East region surveyed by SFE have a health and welfare LPA in place.

It is crucial to have a conversation with loved ones in order to make specific medical and care wishes known – such as, where you are cared for, whether you wish to be an organ donor and whether or not you would want to be resuscitated – otherwise there is a risk your preferences are not taken into account.

To download the SFE report or view the information video please click here.

If you would like more information regarding LPAs please contact a member of our inheritance protection team.


Penny Wright

Partner
Inheritance Protection
Charity Law

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