Furley Page LLP

Furley Page Solicitors have been in practice since 1725. Nicola August heads Furley Page Elderly Client team and is an approved Court of Protection Deputy, one of 64 in the England and Wales and the only 1 in east Kent. She is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and on the committee of the Kent branch. Nicola is also a dementia champion and hosts regular dementia friends information sessions. Nicola has appeared on Radio Kent to raise awareness of dementia in our local community and will continue to promote awareness in these ways. Nicola regularly writes articles for local newspapers and magazines such as Kent Life.

Updated:
18 February 2015
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Other
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Canterbury Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

All of the lawyers in the Elderly Client Team are members of Solicitors for the Elderly and I am on the committee for the local Kent branch.  I am a Dementia Champion working as part of the Alzheimer's Society initiative to raise awareness and understanding of dementia in our communities. Another lawyer is a member of contact the elderly and runs the Herne Bay section of this. We visit people at a convenient location and not always in the office, we visit at the time of day that suits them best.  Proper legal advice at all stages is essential for those living with dementia and those caring for them to ensure that their affairs continue to be managed effectively.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Making sure that individuals know that there is specialist advice available and where to find it is a key challenge in this area. We are constantly issuing press releases, giving talks at local carer’s groups and other organisations, visiting care homes and being involved with local charities to try and get the message across. It is a constant message that needs to be said over and over again. We do work with the local hospitals, social services, care agencies and doctors and have a good relationship with them as well to try and make the message clearer.

Member contacts

www.furleypage.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Provision of Dementia Friends information sessions to all staff members across Canterbury, Whitstable and Thames Gateway

    Status:
    Delivery

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update

  • Plan and advertise Dementia Friends information sessions to the public for the Canterbury area

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update

  • Offer Dementia Friends information sessions to local businesses where required

    Status:
    Planning

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update