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APS Legal & Associates - Beverley

APS Legal & Associates is part of a wider group of companies and one of the most recognised and trusted brands in the professional will writing and estate planning sector. We have over 200 qualified legal consultants and members of staff across the country. Our skill and focus is based solely around specialist and robust estate planning services. Jenny Fothergill LLB(Hons), AIPW, based in Beverley (East Riding), trained and qualified with APS Legal & Associates Ltd as a licensed associate for will writing and estate planning and is passionate about giving great advice and helping people to understand and organise their Wills and Powers of Attorney documents. She has personal experience of how these documents will affect our lives and those of our loved ones, and will be informative and empathetic to clients and their families. Jenny prides herself on offering great customer service, in a professional, confidential and efficient way.

27 April 2015
Local Alliances:
East Riding 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?

There are many ways that I can help to transform the quality of life for people with dementia, particularly with regards the following outcomes:

Outcome 1 “I have personal choice and control or influence over decisions about me - I can make decisions now about the care I want in my later life”:

Outcome 2 “I know that services are designed around me and my needs”

Outcome 4 “I have the knowledge and know-how to get what I need - I know where I can get the information I need when I need it, and I can digest and re-digest it in a way that suits me. I have enough information and advice to make decisions about managing, now and in the future, as my dementia progresses.”

By providing a professional, personal and knowledgeable service with regards to will writing and power of attorney, people with dementia can feel more confident that their best interests will be respected as their dementia progresses. Obtaining power of attorney in a timely way for a person living with dementia is vital. My knowledge and understanding of dementia is used to make my Clients with dementia comfortable with the information provided to them. I undertake home visits to minimise any possible distress and / or forgetting of documents that may occur and allow sufficient time for the information to be digested.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

  • Time and budget constraints.
  • Lack of general understanding of dementia in the community and the importance of obtaining power of attorney whilst a person with dementia is considered able to do so.

2. Actions

  • Become a Dementia Friends Champion

    I will become a Dementia Friends Champion and will use this to enable me to run Dementia Friends Information Sessions to increase dementia knowledge throughout my community. Where logistics allow, I would be willing to run information sessions for other East Rising DAA member organisations to enable their staff and volunteers to gain knowledge of the simple things that we can all do to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

  • Further increase my dementia knowledge

    I already have some dementia knowledge through becoming a dementia Friend and undertaking training courses relevant to my profession. However, I would like to further increase my knowledge by undertaking the SCIE eLearning dementia modules and reviewing the resources available on the Dementia Action Alliance website.

  • Steering Group

    I would like to take an active role in the running of my local DAA and have decided that I would like to be a member of the East Riding DAA steering group.

  • Promotion of the DAA

    Where possible I will promote the DAA, attend DAA network events, and use my contacts to help to publicise the DAA and increase membership.

    Planning, Implementation
  • Contribute to Best Practice and Case Studies

    Where practicable I will review and contribute to DAA resources where I have the professional expertise to do so. Where I can I will provide case study information to allow the benefits of the DAA and having knowledge of dementia helps to positively improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

    Planning, Implementation