Lamb Brooks LLP
We are a long established firm of solicitors offering a wide range of legal services including mediation on family matters. Our Private Client Department offers advice on wills, protection of vulnerable people through trusts, enduring and lasting powers of attorney, deputyship applications and administration of estates. We have clients based in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex and beyond and have good links with our local Age Concern. Some of our team are members of Solicitors for the Elderly.
- 25 April 2015
- Local Alliances:
- Hampshire 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?
As solicitors, we are focused on the needs of our client and as specialists in the private client field we work within the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Code of Practice. We have the opportunity and expertise to make advice and support in legal matters more accessible to our clients, their families and their carers, to explain the implications of the MCA 2005 to third parties who may be unaware of the provisions, to ensure that all clients participate as much as possible in decisions that affect them and to raise awareness of dementia within our workforce.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Although within our Department we are aware of the particular needs of clients living with dementia, we need to:-
- spread this knowledge across the firm;
- continue to find ways of explaining complex issues so that they can be understood by clients living with dementia;
- adapt our business premises so that it offers the best environment for those clients to give instructions and receive advice
Organise dementia awareness raising for staff.
Ensure as many staff as possible attend a dementia awareness raising session.
- Being implemented
2014 - Fourth Quarter Update
Adjust our environment to support clients with dementia.
Continue to offer home visits and when clients attend the office, ensure that the reception area and meeting rooms offer a safe and comfortable environment.
Be aware of the differing needs of clients living with dementia and to adapt our processes accordingly.
Learn from our clients, keep in contact with our local dementia adviser, subscribe to the Living With Dementia magazine, and review our "best practice" regularly.
- Being implemented