Some hiring professionals to make care decisions in later years

Donees can decide on matters like care arrangements if clients lose mental capacity

Ms Julia Lee of Touch Professional Deputies and Donees was hired by 80-year-old Mary (in purple) to act as her professional donee and make decisions on her behalf if she were to lose her mental capacity. These decisions could include arrangements for
Ms Julia Lee of Touch Professional Deputies and Donees was hired by 80-year-old Mary (in purple) to act as her professional donee and make decisions on her behalf if she were to lose her mental capacity. These decisions could include arrangements for her care, as well as renting or selling her three-room flat to pay for her nursing home stay. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

Mary, an 80-year-old childless widow, is concerned about who will look after her if she becomes mentally incapacitated and unable to care for herself.

Last October, she hired Ms Julia Lee, senior director of Touch Professional Deputies and Donees, to act as her professional donee and make decisions on her behalf if she were to lose her mental capacity.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2020, with the headline Some hiring professionals to make care decisions in later years. Subscribe