RDC Solicitors provide high quality legal services to businesses and individuals throughout North and West Yorkshire, with offices based in Bradford and Ilkley. We provide expert advice on property, family law, wills, trusts, tax and probate, dispute resolution and employment law. Our professional, approachable team are dedicated to achieving the best results for our clients.
- 20 December 2013
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?
RDC Solicitors are dedicated to raising awareness of the planning which can be done by people with dementia to ensure that if a time comes when that person is unable to deal with their own affairs, they have the necessary tools in place to assist their carers with dealing with matters on their behalf. We feel that this planning is essential to provide security and peace of mind to the person with dementia, their carer and family.
We provide advice in a straightforward and sensitive manner, so that the person with dementia and their carer feel relaxed and at ease. In order to achieve this we can attend people in their own homes, and at a time of day which suits them best. We understand that by its very nature, capacity for people suffering with dementia may fluctuate, and we therefore know that it may be necessary to attend that person on number of occasions to discuss matters with them.
We have met with local dementia charities and also given presentations to groups to discuss the importance of drawing up lasting powers of attorney and wills whilst the dementia sufferer is able to do so, to ensure that person’s wishes are complied with.
Fee earners have attended dementia awareness training to provide us with greater understanding of the nature of the illness.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The challenges faced are a common misunderstanding of the nature of dementia. It is a misconception that we come across that the fact a person has been diagnosed with dementia means that they are no longer able to deal with their own affairs, or that they do not know what they are able to do in terms of making provision for the future.
We would wish to ensure that this misunderstanding is eradicated so that the person who has been diagnosed with dementia knows that they are still able to seek legal advice following diagnosis, and that they feel comfortable and secure when seeking such advice.
Providing dementia training to all members of staff, including support staff.
We would wish to provide training to all staff members to ensure that when a person with dementia contacts our firm, they feel reassured that they are going to be treated in a fair and understanding manner, and that their needs are going to be appropriately met.
Surroundings and Environment
We would seek to ensure that our office environment is comfortable and reassuring to someone with dementia by using appropriate signage where necessary.
Promote Dementia Awareness
Promote Dementia Awareness by giving presentations in the importance of preparing for the future by making wills and lasting powers of attorney.