It a serious illness strikes us, it may affect our ability to live as independently as we did before
At times we can all feel unwell. However if an illness becomes more than just a minor passing problem, it may affect our ability to live as independently as we did once didbefore.
It may be be that we develop a physical problem that causes us difficulties with mobility. We may need help with things that we used to do for ourselves. If on the other hand we develop a problem that means we have diminishing mental capacity, we may be the last person to notice that we are becoming ill. In these circumstances, it is essential that someone we know and trust is help us make decisions.
Losing the ability to manage our affairs is not restricted to later life. A bang on the head or a stoke could mean we suddenly lose the ability to make decisions , even at a your age.
Unless you have appointed someone to help you, if you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself a special court called the Court of Protection will appoint someone. To avoid this it is important that you appoint someone in advance, The document that is used to appoint someone in this capacity is called a Lasting Power of Attorney