Deputyship and Lasting Powers of Attorney are divided into two categories: Property & Finance and Health & Welfare:
Property & Finance is the most common of appointments, because people sadly can become very vulnerable and an easy target for abuse as they get older or become sick. This does not mean that the vulnerable adult has no say in what happens – they have to be consulted on every decision. A person’s capacity can vary at times enabling them to make some decisions, albeit you as the Deputy may consider it to be unwise. They may not understand complex financial matters but they may well be able to voice an opinion on the food they want to eat or clothes they want to buy for example.
If as the deputy you consider that the person does not have the capacity to make the decision, then it is your responsibility to consult with appropriate people, taking into account any advance decisions and known previous beliefs, before making a decision in their best interests.
Health & Welfare: The Court of Protection is often reluctant to appoint a deputy for general health and welfare matters, preferring the application to be specific such as authority regarding medical treatment or where a person lives.