Advance Care Planning

Kitsons Solicitors - Advanced Care Planning

At Kitsons we understand that life isn’t always easy.

People with limiting conditions such as advanced cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure and Motor Neurone Disease, are increasingly being advised by the NHS, Macmillan and hospices, to think ahead and make decisions about how and where, they would like to be cared for, when they are no longer able to communicate for themselves.

We see that the need for advance care planning is becoming ever more pressing and that people want us to make the connection, between what they are being told by their health care professionals and the impact of their failing health, upon their lives at home and work.

Kitsons’ Private Client Team have the expertise to sensitively help you to plan ahead. As a starting point we look to see if you have the following documents in place:

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

There are two types of LPA, one that covers property and financial affairs such as your house, bank accounts, investments, pension and one that covers health and welfare, making decisions about your day to day living, medical treatment and end of life care. Putting in place an LPA is your chance to choose individuals (attorneys) you want and trust to manage your financial affairs and property and to make decisions about your care, in circumstances where you are no longer able to, due to ill health (or alternatively, in the case of your financial affairs because you would prefer not to).

We strongly recommend that you plan ahead and put your LPAs in place now, rather than waiting until you need them, so your attorneys can act on your behalf immediately, if that is what you would like. If you do not have LPAs in place, it can be very stressful, time consuming and expensive for your loved ones or friends to seek permission from the Court of Protection, to obtain permission to help you.

Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT)

We can help you let your doctors know your wishes about any treatment that you do not want to have and draft your ADRT. This is a legally binding document, but only if it satisfies certain requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

More than anything, it is important that you talk to professionals such as the Private Client Team at Kitsons, your doctor, your friends and family about your wishes, perhaps they can help you make the decisions you might have difficulty making. We are here to help you ensure you receive the care you want, for yourself and your property and to make certain that your voice is heard, both in life and death.

For further information please contact Marjorie Creek on 01752 603040 or by email marjorie.creek@kitsons-solicitors.co.uk.

Marjorie is a qualified solicitor, a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and unusually, until recently, also a Registered Nurse (Adult).

With a BSc in Health Studies and specialist qualifications in care of the dying and palliative care, she has particular expertise in assessing mental capacity and is happy to help people with communication difficulties or complex care needs, in all types of healthcare settings.

She primarily focuses on elderly client care, financial abuse and safeguarding issues in the elderly, alongside more general private client work in wills, probate and lasting powers of attorney.

Marjorie is a Dementia Friend Administrator within the firm and blogger for the Law Society.

Your advance care planning team are...

Kitsons Solicitors - Marjorie Creek

Marjorie CreekAssociate

Marjorie is an Associate in our Private Client team and previously a registered nurse