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Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitate (DNAR) orders were wrongly used

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The findings of a recent Quality Care Commission (CQC) report have highlighted that during the early weeks of the Coronavirus pandemic, Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitate (DNAR) orders were wrongly used. 
 
Widely condemned by the CQC and medical bodies, it became clear than instead of being applied on an individual basis, blanket DNAR orders were applied to groups of care home residents.

As a lawyer specialising in supporting older and vulnerable people in Calderdale, I know that sadly, this is nothing new.

Both myself and my colleagues at Wilkinson Woodward believe that DNARs should never be applied to groups – they are a matter for each individual and their families to decide. It’s so important for families to initiate conversations about whether we – and our loved ones – want to be resuscitated; once we’re in an emergency situation it’s often too late. 

Through a Lasting Power of Attorney, your loved ones can consider, discuss and decide wishes should they lose mental or physical capacity or require emergency medical treatment.

According to Solicitors For the Elderly (SFE), 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.

To find out more about creating a lasting Power of Attorney for you or a loved one, please contact our Wills and Probate specialists in Brighouse (01484 710 571), Huddersfield (01484 483 000) or Halifax (01422 339 600).