Malcolm C Foy & Co
Malcolm C Foy & Co solicitors provide high quality legal services to individuals and business throughout Rotherham, Doncaster and the surrounding areas, with offices based in Rotherham and Doncaster. In particular we provide advice in respect of Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications, Wills, Probate and Trusts. We are one of the first members of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme.
- 31 March 2014
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Doncaster 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 are committed to advising clients in a simple and straightforward manner without too much use of legal jargon. We advise clients of different legal documents that can assist them both now and in the future. In using these documents we seek to secure peace of mind for the client and ensure that their carers can focus on what is in the person’s best interest.
We endeavour to be open and approachable, we try to put clients at ease by understanding their needs, wants and fears. We are able to offer home visits to clients to ensure that they feel able to discuss matters openly in a place where they feel comfortable.
The firm is committed to being involved in the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance to assist in promoting Dementia awareness in the local area.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The difficulty is often challenging the common misconceptions once a diagnosis of dementia has been made. Often clients do not realise that even though they have a diagnosis they may still be able to put plans in place such as a Lasting Power of Attorney and/or Will to plan for the future.
We want to encourage clients to seek advice in order that we can advise them if they are still able to put their wishes into effect and if not to be able to advise them of other options which may be open to them or their carers.
Resources are often an issue, as a small business funding alterations to the firms offices is difficult. It can also be difficult to find the time to ensure that the relevant staff are trained in dementia awareness and that this training is kept up to date.
We would look to ensure that all key members of staff, those who client’s with dementia will either work with or come in contact with receive dementia awareness training.
Surroundings and the office environment
We are looking to ensure that our office provides a warm, friendly and inviting environment in which clients feel comfortable and at home. We want to reassure clients that we understand their needs and are willing to listen to their needs and concerns. We are also looking to review our signage and update this where necessary to make it more appropriate for someone with dementia.