We are a local firm of Solicitors based in the heart of St Helens and have been established for over 100 years.
- 20 February 2015
- North West
- Local Alliances:
- St Helens 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?
Frodshams Solicitors aim to provide a personal approach, our team of Solicitors practice in a friendly and relaxed manner and look to ensure clients, carers and families receive the best possible advice and legal help which is tailored to their personal circumstances.
We understand the need for routine and familiar surroundings when discussing new matters and we are happy to attend our clients at home or at a venue in which they feel comfortable. We look to de-clutter our advice with unnecessary legal language to ensure all clients understand and can participate in the legal process, asking questions when they have concerns or simply need reminding. The clients well being throughout is paramount to us and we aim therefore to provide an atmosphere where they can relax and feel in control.
Some people do require extra attention and support when discussing legal matters and we provide this when required at no extra cost.
We understand that receiving a medical diagnosis of a condition does not mean that person immediately lacks the mental capacity to make decisions. We try our best to help explain what is sometimes a complex area or law and ensure that our clients understand.
We offer a range of related legal services to meet client needs.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We find that clients and staff alike are aware of dementia but understanding is limited. There can be a stigma attached to dementia which affects those people living with the condition and this needs to be addressed.
Dementia can often be diagnosed too late. Families and loved ones are sometimes bewildered, unaware of what the ‘next steps’ are or what issues dementia could bring. We often hear that clients, families and loved ones, don’t receive the information and support needed to prepare for a future with dementia.
In a difficult economic climate we try and explain to clients the need to plan for their future, understanding a way forward to meet possible future needs which is also cost effective.
We try to explain to clients that early action and planning for future event enables clients, families and carers to understand the important issues which will assist people living with dementia.
Improving skills of all staff
We have worked closely with Home Instead St Helens to tailor a package to train all our staff in understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. All Staff will be trained as part of their professional development.
Raising awareness of planning for later life
We work with local companies and organisations to try and raise awareness that planning for later life can help bring peace of mind and essential respite for clients diagnosed with dementia at time when it is vitally needed. Clients can put their affairs in order without any diagnosis and have the reassurance to family and loves ones can help in the event they need to in the future.
Implement a free legal advice coffee morning
We hope to work together with HomeInstead to allow carers and families to meet and gather with legal and other professionals in a friendly environment and to be free to ask for help and advice relating to their own circumstances.
We aim to turn all our private client Solicitors who deal with clients living with dementia into dementia friends.