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Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation (DNAR) orders, have you had the conversation with your loved ones?

A recent investigation carried out by the Care Quality Commission into the controversial application of Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation (DNAR) orders on care home residents during the pandemic has highlighted the importance of thinking ahead and putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.

The leading independent organisation, Solicitors for the Elderly, have indicated that ‘worryingly, only 59% of those aged 70+ have talked to loved ones about their care wishes. And whilst 81% of us think planning ahead for later life is important, only 22% of us have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, setting out our wishes in writing in a legally binding way.’

The findings of the Care Quality Commission into the use of DNARs serves to encourage all individuals to have those difficult, but vital conversations, no matter the age.

Our Individuals team are here to guide you carefully and sensitively through the process of later life planning. For more information or advice email individuals@rdplaw.co.uk or call 01633 413500 or simply visit the Lasting Power of Attorney section on our Individuals page.

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