In a Welfare Power of Attorney (WPA), you can give your attorney power to make decisions about anything to do with your health and personal welfare but you must specify these powers in your WPA.
What types of decisions can I include in my Welfare Power of Attorney?
Types of powers you could include are:
- what medical treatment you should or shouldn’t have
- where you are cared for and the type of care you receive
- what you eat
- how you dress
- what activities you take part in
It’s important to consider all of the decisions you might want your attorney to make if you lack capacity.
You should also make sure that the powers are written in a clear and understandable way. Your attorney won’t be able to make a decision on your behalf unless that type of power is clearly specified in your WPA document. It’s therefore very important that the powers you want to give are specific, well explained and not open to interpretation.
When is a Power of Attorney used?
Your attorney can only make decisions for you if you’ve lost capacity to make the decision yourself. If you have capacity then you can still make your own decisions and your attorney cannot override them.