Common Legal Issues associated with dementia
You may have heard of terms like lasting power of attorney, ordinary or enduring power of attorney, capacity and consent to make decisions with a diagnosis of dementia, guardianship, court of protection to name a few. These are the legal aspect of dementia. Below we go through the important legal and ethical aspects of a diagnosis of Alzheimers dementia, Vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia or any of other types.
What is a Power of Attorney?
As dementia progresses, people become increasingly unable to manage their own affairs. In the early stages of the disease the person with dementia may be competent enough to appoint somebody with Power of Attorney for managing his or her affairs. A solicitor can arrange this. However, if the person’s mental capacity is too limited for a valid Power of Attorney, it may be necessary to put his or her affairs under the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection.
Driving and Dementia
Can you drive if you have dementia? Not everyone with dementia is restricted from driving but if a person has a severe degree of cognitive impairment it is dangerous for him or her to do so and it is strictly not advisable as the rights of the individual to drive are outweighed by the risk to others.