Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has thrown her support behind the new ‘Start the Conversation’ campaign which aims to raise awareness across Glasgow about the importance of having power of attorney granted to a trusted relative or friend.
Appointing a power of attorney can ensure that people’s wishes are carried out quickly without prolonged legal negotiations. If an individual is in hospital and there is no power of attorney this can delay the patient’s discharge and lead to them remaining in hospital longer than necessary.
Despite common misconceptions, the power of attorney is not just for elderly or wealthy people. Anyone over the age of 16 can grant a Power of Attorney and it is not just about looking after your financial affairs. It also allows you to choose who should decide personal welfare issues such as where you live and who looks after you.
Ms McTaggart said “I am delighted to support this campaign as it is vital that people understand the importance of putting in place a power of attorney. Unless someone has been given the power to make decisions on your behalf, people can be left in a state of limbo which can cause stress and confusion for them and their family.
Whilst there has undoubtedly been progress in this area over the last few years, there are still far too many vulnerable older people being delayed in hospital despite being medically fit. It is understandable that people are reluctant to think about the possibility of this happening to them but it is important that people look to the future so that they are best prepared. The campaign website has a list of law firms who are experienced in this type of work so I would encourage everyone to make the most of these resources.”
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