Holidays and POA

Discussion in 'Legal and financial issues' started by Zsazsa, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. Zsazsa

    Zsazsa Registered User

    Jul 20, 2014
    33
    Somerset
    Before my husband's AD diagnosis last year we paid for our holidays from either of our accounts...whichever was most flush at the time...or with a contribution from each.

    Now I have POA I'm wondering whether this situation can contine or whether I should pay for my OH's holiday out of his account, and mine from my own? Or indeed whether a foreign holiday would not be seen as an allowable expense?

    In fact, because I fear this may be the last year my OH will be fit enough to take abroad I haven't stinted....I'm now wondering should I be paying for it all from my account?
     
  2. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    His share from his, your share from yours. I think there could be a case made for paying for the holiday from his assets if this was a common practice and he has more income, but you shouldn't have any issues if you split the cost between you. And if you have to pay anything extra because of his diagnosis (additional luggage charges to cope with incontinence for example because you want to take more clothes), then such charges should be on him. A foreign holiday is definitively acceptable.

    But I do think you are probably over-thinking this.
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,499
    Female
    London
    Why should you do that? Just pay half each and I don't think there is anyone who will be able to say anything about it. We went to Iceland in 2012 which wasn't cheap but it turned out to be the last holiday abroad we could do. It was extra special to us and we split all the costs down the middle, just as we are doing now when we are going to a Revitalise Centre for Alzheimer's week.
     
  4. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    Beate, I think a case could be made for your husband paying the major share for your Vitalise holiday: this wouldn't be an expense that you would have if he wasn't ill. I know those things aren't cheap.
     
  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,499
    Female
    London
    I get what you are saying but if he didn't have dementia, we would go on holiday somewhere else, and possibly more than two weeks a year so it kind of balances itself out I think.
     
  6. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,668
    Salford
    I can't see an issue, if it's the way historically you've always split the cost 50/50 (give or take) and you're both going then what's the problem? If you worked out the cost of putting him in respite care for 2 weeks you could probably have your 2 weeks on the moon for the same price as 2 weeks in a respite care home.
    As Jen says watch out for the extra charges and get the insurance right too, you don't want a claim for an accident totally unrelated to his dementia turned down because you didn't disclose "everything" whether it is relevant to the claim or not as insurance companys are known to do.
    K
     
  7. Zsazsa

    Zsazsa Registered User

    Jul 20, 2014
    33
    Somerset
    Thanks everyone for your input...I'm much clearer about everything now and will certainly tell the travel insurers about the diagnosis.
     

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