If you become unable to make decisions for yourself - because of illness or injury, no-one else can make those decisions for you, unless you have given them legal powers to do so
NHS Tayside, Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross Councils, together with local law firms, have joined forces to raise awareness about the importance of having a Power of Attorney.
This campaign is about encouraging everyone to “Start the Conversation” with family or those close to you as the first step to giving Power of Attorney to someone you trust.
Power of Attorney can cover your financial affairs (e.g. managing your bank account) and your welfare (e.g. where you will be cared for if you are no longer able to decide for yourself).
Your GP may also produce an Anticipatory Care Plan to help support you. This is a summary of Thinking Ahead discussions between the person, those close to them and the practitioner.