Solicitors for the Elderly
Solicitors for the Elderly is an organisation representing approximately 1400 qualified solicitors, barristers and legal executives who specialise in advising the elderly and vulnerable in our society together with supporting their families and carers when facing the challenges that come with older age and illness. We are actively involved with many charities and support groups that deal with dementia and older age issues and work closely with these organisations to ensure that clear and relevant information is available to those who need it. We are involved in responses to Government consultations relating to legal matters such as the future of Lasting Powers of Attorney, the OPG, Court fees which may impact on the Court of Protection amongst others. Our members are highly motivated and trained to offer relevant, clear and expert advice on the legal issues that those with dementia face and do so in a sympathetic manner.
- 10 February 2016
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is able to ensure that people with dementia and their carers are able to access appropriate legal advice and support across the country. Our organisation is able to direct those who need advice to a suitable local lawyer with the relevant expertise to assist in such areas as Lasting Powers of Attorney for both finance and health & welfare, resolving disputes that may arise with badly drawn up powers or potential abuse, Court of Protection applications where capacity is lost, suitable Will preparation, advice regarding the impact of care home fees, who pays for such care and challenges to incorrect or inappropriate assessment, issues of potential financial abuse, poor care and deprivation of liberty.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We do not see any specific challenges in delivering our service other than raising awareness that we exist as an organisation and are looking to work more closely with charities and groups assisting people with dementia and their carers. Our members are required to follow a rigorous training regime which ensures that they are both up to date with the law but also best practice in dealing with the specific challenges faced by dementia sufferers.
Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce
We will continue to improve the level of support and training for our members to ensure a continued high level of awareness of capacity issues, the efficacy of the Mental Capacity Act and legal matters that can assist those suffering with dementia and their families to continue to live full and independent lives with dignity and respect. We are seeking to offer members accreditation through SfJ and to offer accredited training in areas of client care to ensure our members treat those with dementia and their families or carers with the appropriate knowledge and skill.
- Being implemented
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