Nash & Co Solicitors
Nash & Co Solicitors provides individuals support with their legal requirements and ensures that they are treated as individuals, so that their rights and choices are respected. We support their to access the appropriate legal services and provide them with information on their options. Nash & Co Solicitors also provides support for family members who are caring for someone with dementia with appropriate, skilled and empathetic legal advice. The Solicitors at Nash & Co never lose sight that this is a loved individual within a wider family network. Hilary Cragg writes a weekly blog on elderly law issues.
- 2 March 2015
- South West
- Local Alliances:
- Plymouth 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?
Nash & Co has undertaken Dementia Friends training for the staff and Hilary Cragg is a Dementia Champion and has presented Dementia Friends awareness sessions to other local organisations.
Hilary Cragg heads up the Elderly Client Department and will produce written material in an assessible manner, as is necessary for the client.
Where instructions are taken from someone with dementia, time and patience is used in repeat questioning to ensure that the individual has understood the matter and their answers accurately reflect their wishes.
We have a policy relating to staff with regards to carers and will comply with all statutory provisions. Hilary Cragg provides legal advice to staff whose family members are suffering with age related health issues.
Hilary also provides a support service to the other departments within the firm, so that if any legal matter that the firm deals with relates to a vulnerable person, the issue can be supported by an experienced practitioner who regularly deals with vulnberable individuals.
Nash & Co support the Local Dementia Action Alliance and the Prime Ministers Challenge team by providing Hilary's time within her working hours.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The challenges are around ensuring that the training is ongoing with all current and new staff members, to make certain that they are signposted to the support that is available.
Continual assessment of processes to maximise the choice, rights and quality of life of a person living with dementia
Ongoing review and assessment of current procedures to ensure that everyone is treated as an individual and their choice respected. Ensure that the support is provided in an empathetic and non judgemental way to both individuals and their carers.
Work with the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge team in respect of the work that they do. Following this, lecturing & publishing on the issues of Human Rights and people with a dementia.
Ongoing support for carers and the difficulties that they face.
Ongoing legal advice provided to support carers in their role and to ensure that they get the necessary help that they need for the sake of themselves as well as the person with dementia.
Statistics demonstrate that 85% carers of someone with a dementia have a clinical depression and understanding what that means for the carer and to have empathy for their position.
Ongoing review of staff procedures to ensure that where they are a carer that they are given the necessary support to both work and care.
In light of every case, review the staff procedures to ensure that all staff members who have a caring role and given the advice and support that they need.
Legal advice relating to the issues around dementia is provided to staff members in a carers role.