A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives someone the legal power to act on someone else’s behalf. The person who’s been granted the authority is called the agent. The person who signs a POA, making someone else their agent, is called the principal. A POA can only be authorized by someone who’s found to be mentally competent, which is why it’s so important for individuals diagnosed with dementia to create a POA before the condition progresses.
If your loved one has just been diagnosed with dementia you may feel stunned, knowing that the condition is life-changing – it is never easy on a family. It can feel frightening. You may wonder what the next steps should be. Dementia is progressive in nature, but as you gain knowledge about the condition, and as you set some plans in place, it can help make the process smoother, and it will enable you to provide the best care for your loved one.