We are a relatively new and very different type of Solicitors, specialising in acting for the Elderly Client. Our Customer Promise to you is to provide you with: >Clear Guidance – we don’t like jargon! We aim to listen first and then talk with you in a way that enables you to understand everything fully, without talking down to you. >By caring Professionals – you have to be happy and able to ‘gel’ with anyone who is giving you advice. This is always important, but it can really mean a lot if we’re working with you at a time when you are stressed, tired or unhappy. > At a sensible price - we believe legal advice should be reasonably priced for everyone. Unlike most law firms, many of our services are offered on a fixed-price basis. > On your doorstep – we have two offices in convenient locations. We will also offer home visits for free, including hospital visits
- 13 March 2014
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Leeds Dementia Action Alliance
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?
We offer knowledgable dementia friendly legal services which are critical in helping people with dementia and families deal the best they can with planning for the future for themselves and their loved ones in what is a very difficult time for them. This includes the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and applications to the Court of Protection (where a person no longer has the ability to make their own decision).
Our service is provided by Andrew Gullett who is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and has been commended by clients for the caring and compassionate way in which he deals with clients and and their families. Andrew is also a member of the Committee of a local charity – Pudsey Live at Home – which supports older people in living independently. We also support this charity by carrying out fundraising activities – the proceeds of which are donated to the Charity. Andrew is also a member of the steering committee of the Bradford District Action Alliance.
We actively promote the importance of planning for old age by making a Lasting Power of Attorney by giving free talks in the local community.
Our main office was newly converted and opened in November 2012 and has been specifically designed to ensure it is easily accessible for both disabled and dementia clients.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Andrew Gullett is highly experienced at dealing with clients who have been diagnosed with dementia. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and has been acting mostly for elderly clients since 2007.
We live in an ageing population where, unfortunately, the number of people with dementia is only going to increase. Andrew is passionate in ensuring that those people with dementia make proper plans to ensure their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, are made as easy possible.
Andrew is also keen to educate people on the law surrounding dementia. People still often wrongly believe that their next-of-kin will automatically be able to make decisions for themselves if they are unable to make decisions themselves. Whilst loved ones can be involved in decisions about a person’s care, they have no automatic legal right to make decisions. Furthermore, that person’s assets can be locked and these cannot normally be accessed until a Deputy has been appointed by the Court of Protection. This is both expensive and time-consuming.
Educate ALL members of staff at Pudsey Legal on Dementia Awareness
- Initial Scoping
Mental Capacity Act
Educating people in the Community about Dementia and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Initial Scoping
Promoting better understanding of dementia
Continue to work with local organisations to promote better understanding about Dementia
- Initial Scoping