It will also interest many mid-life nurses who may face situations involving EPOA for their parents.
Put simply, an EPOA is a particular type of power of attorney (POA) which is effective when a person lacks legal capacity.
An EPOA must be set up before a person loses legal capacity.
If a test finds any of these four abilities to be lacking, then the person they have appointed to have EPOA has the responsibility to make decisions, as if they were the person themselves.
A great deal of responsibility is attached to holding EPOA. It is a privilege to be appointed and shows the person who no longer has capacity has great faith and trust in you.
Education about the Financial Needs of Older People and EPOA
Service providers and NGOs all strongly endorsed the need to foster more widespread understanding of EPOA and its correct use, and the need to foster skills for financial planning for retirement.
"[People] need to understand the boundaries of the EPOA." (Christchurch, service provider focus group)