Power of Attorney in Scotland – the Future is in your hands.
This campaign is about giving you the power to make decisions that will protect you, your family and those you care about should you ever lose capacity to make decisions for yourself. It has never been more important to plan for your future care- no matter what age you are, a power of attorney safe-guards your financial and health wishes.
Every year thousands of people across Scotland lose capacity – it could be an accident, a head injury, a stroke or an ongoing progressive illness. Over the last year, Covid-19 has had a huge impact with people of all ages incapacitated while being treated. The only way you can plan for your future is to appoint someone with Power of Attorney.
Power of attorney is for when you are still here. If you are in hospital for example, on a ventilator, or a care environment or even your own home, no one can act for you. Even simple things like paying bills or managing utilities can be difficult. Your next of kin does not have power to act or even manage your welfare decisions unless you have made your plan. You should also consider speaking to a health or social care professional about setting up an ACP (Anticipatory Care Plan).
Think and act now: If ill health or an accident means you can’t make decisions for yourself, who do you want to make them for you?