This is the only document where you can choose to delegate decisions affecting your personal welfare as well as decisions concerning your property and financial matters. These are two very different areas so there are two types of LPAs:
A Property and Financial Affairs LPA
which allows Attorneys authority to deal with property and finances, including the buying and selling of property, operating a bank account, dealing with tax affairs, and claiming benefits as specified. It is the only document you can make now that ensures Attorneys can begin to look after your finances now and in the future if you lose capacity to make decisions for yourself.
A Health and Welfare LPA
which allows Attorneys to make welfare and health care decisions on your behalf, but only if you lack mental capacity to do so yourself. This, amongst other things, can allow your Attorney to decide your care and accommodation, making decisions about care and dress and even consenting to medical treatment.