Hello all, this is my first post and I would be grateful for any help.
A very good friend of mine had an incident before Christmas that has caused him to be shaken out of a state of denial regarding his Parkinsons and he is now much more willing to ask for help. Being close to death and now out the other side he now wants to get into place Lasting Powers of Attorney.
He knows that I have prepared these documents for others using the Government’s online facility. I am familiar with most of the workings however I would like any specific insights into health and welfare decisions that might need to be taken down the road, the sort of decisions that are likely to crop up for somebody with advanced Parkinsons who for whatever reason is unable to communicate his own wishes.
For example, one area I know that might become relevant:- one day he may no longer able to swallow.
Any others please? It’s simple bullet points that I am after rather than the ins and outs of different actions. Discussing a few examples with him will help me and the other attorneys to understand his philosophy on such matters and allow us to reach decisions in the event of unexpected situations cropping up. It will help us all decide what Health Preferences and Instructions (if any) he might choose to write into the document.
It’s a difficult subject but currently he is very fit mentally and ready to have the conversation.