Power of Attorney
Power of attorney can be important if you are the main carer for the person you support and allows the cared for, while they still have the ability, to give the person they trust the power to act as their financial and welfare attorney on their behalf.
You can be a financial attorney straight away or if the cared for no longer has the capacity. You can only become a welfare power of attorney if the adult loses capacity.
To find out more about power of attorney and how you may go about setting this up please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/lasting-power-of-attorney.aspx
Guardianship is most likely to be suitable where the cared for has long-term needs and has either lost, or may never have had, the ability to make decisions or actions on certain matters for themselves. These would include:
You can submit an application to the sheriff court for welfare and/or financial gurandianhsip. For welfare guardainship only you may submit an application to Perth and Kinross Council.
A guide from the Scottish Govenrnment can be found here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0044/00441134.pdf
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland can also investigate and advise carers on Guardianship and Power of Attorney. They have a free helpline on 0800 3896809.
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