Entering into old age comes later for the present generations than it did for our forebears, and the period of old age lasts longer. This, in itself, is good news but the bad news is that it also presents challenges for the elderly and for their family and carers that previous generations did not face.
The price to be paid for that longer period of old age include the prospects of ill health, deteriorating health, potential lack of mental and/or physical capacity, and possible eventual residential home care.
As lawyers, we can help by providing information and advice on the utilisation of the various ‘tools’ which the law allows or provides to help the elderly (and their carers) enjoy that final period of life, and to plan for eventual death. These tools include the use of Living Wills (also known as Advance Decisions), Lasting Powers of Attorney, and Funeral Plans. We can also advise on funding for Long-Term Home Care fees, Deputyship, and the Court of Protection.