What to do if your partner is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia in Bristol?
Whether a new diagnosis comes as a shock to the family or just confirms what was already suspected, having a loved one formally identified with dementia will be an extremely difficult time. There are a number of things to consider and included on this list must be putting the individuals affairs into order to best protect them and the family as their condition worsens.
What if my partner is unable to make their own decisions?
With a dementia diagnosis, there will likely come a time in the future when the individual is no longer able to make their own decisions. It then is extremely important that loved ones are able to step in and make those decisions for them in a quick and timely fashion with no additional costs and without having to be answerable to anyone else. Lasting Powers of Attorney provides the answer.
Can Someone with Dementia Write a Power of Attorney?
Lasting Powers of Attorney, like a Will, can only be written when the person has sufficient understanding of what they are putting into place, why they are doing it and what the consequences of those decisions will be. When a diagnosis of dementia has been given, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney should be written sooner rather than later to ensure it does not become ‘too late’.
Don’t take our word for it.
Martin Lewis from the BBC’s Money Tips describes on his website the importance of all of us putting our affairs into order. See http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/power-of-attorney. Martin states that 1 in 3 over 65's die with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia but also recognises that much younger people too can lose mental capacity through a stroke, mental illness, accidents or a number of other causes. There is no age too young to ensure your affairs are in order for the protection of yourself and your loved ones.
Take the Next Step
At The Will Associates, our trained consultants in the Bristol area can visit you in the comfort of your own home. They will listen to your circumstances and, as everyone’s situation is different, will recommend the products which will best meet your needs. Give The Will Associates a call today on 0800 847 7050. Give yourself and your family peace of mind.