1. Making decisions

Thinking about the future life of your son or daughter when you are no longer around to support them is one of the most difficult things, practically and emotionally.

However, it is important to face this challenge, as decisions may need to be made regarding where they will live, how they may be supported, how their finances will be managed and who will be responsible for keeping an eye on things.

This section looks at:

  • shared decision-making: involving your relative in making decisions
  • 'best interests decisions’
  • challenging decisions
  • involving other people in decision-making
  • other people who have authority to make decisions (lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection)
  • advance decisions to refuse treatment.

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