Elder abuse can take different forms. It can range across financial, psychological, physical and emotional neglect causing harm and distress to the older person. It may be intentional or not. Critical issues having potential to generate abuse of older ones involve legal capacity, and undue influence in entering into guarantees for family members and others, and reverse mortgages. Carers misusing their influence is another area. Financial abuse can surface in various ways, one in particular is placing pressure on an older person to make or change their will.
To permit another person to look after your finances, money and property if you become mentally incapacitated may be done by authorising them with the power to do so under an enduring power of attorney document. This arrangement is lasting unless cancelled, before losing capacity. It is important to consider the effects of this document, what it can do and who you want to give the power to.