Dementia Pathways. For Primary Care in ireland
  • This is an agreement whereby one person appoints another person to make certain decision for them at a future date when they may themselves lack the ability to make those decisions. The person appointed is called an attorney.
  • The role of the medical practitioner here is that they must state whether or not they believe that the person making the EPA had capacity to understand the effect of creating an EPA.
  • Decisions covered by an EPA are typically non-medical decisions and can include personal welfare issues such as accommodation (e.g. home or in a nursing home), legal and financial matters, however, it can also include healthcare decisions.
  • The EPA becomes into effect when the donor has lost the ability to make decisions for him or herself and the EPA is properly registered.