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

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.

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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'. Print Edition | Subscribe