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A power of attorney is authority given by an individual (when they have capacity) to another person(s) to deal with aspects of the individual's affairs. This could relate to financial/property matters and/or personal welfare.
Mr and Mrs D, a couple with learning disabilities, suffered years of abuse at the hands of their power of attorney. The Commission has called for the local authority to apologise for failing to protect them (full anonymised report).
The Commission has compiled this guide to assist health and social care staff faced with issues that arise from the operation of powers of attorney.
Our updated guide that sets out options for managing the money of people who - due to mental ill health or learning disability - are unable to manage their own finances. (2014)
A quick guide to Power of Attorney for staff in hospitals and care homes.