I am a Local Estate Planner who helps & assists local people with a variety of legal services in the community. I pride myself on delivering an excellent personal and professional service with the very highest standards in customer care. Meetings are conducted in a friendly and relaxed manner and at times can be very personal and emotive. Many clients actually prefer the consultation in their own home, with no time constraints nor the hassle and cost of travelling to a solicitor’s office. I offer a free consultation to establish individual needs & offer the following services: - *Wills and Probate *Lasting Power of Attorney *Court of Protection *Discretionary Trusts *Funeral Plans *Conveyancing. All clients are treated as individuals, so that their rights and choices are respected. Lawcomm Solicitors is a trading name of Lawcommercial Trading Limited a company registered in England and Wales (No. 09606063) whose registered office is at 218 Strand, London WC2R 1AT. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (No. 623098) and authorised and regulated in the conduct of investment business by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 193731). Please call Ellen Robinson on Telephone number 07885 556571 to arrange a meeting.
- 19 April 2017
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Finance, Legal, Other, Care, Local DAA Members
- Local Alliances:
- Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, North East Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, North Lincolnshire 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?
I am happy to guide clients and their carers through the matters they should consider when first faced with a diagnosis of dementia. Any help is handled with sensitivity and compassion reflective of client needs. As with all clients, time and patient is so important, especially when helping someone living with dementia, to make the client feel as comfortable as possible. Being client focused, I am able to spend as much time as is needed with individual clients. I explain the procedures clearly, and in a simple and straightforward manner, without too much use of legal jargon, as this can be confusing and complicated. I listen and understand the needs of clients, their wants and fears. I 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.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Some clients don’t like to think that they are losing control and wish to remain independent. Putting plans in place for the future at an early stage is so important. If they don’t, and lose capacity, it becomes too late for them to be involved. Early action enables the client to actually remain in control as they can choose who, and when people will act, and only with their permission. These plans will help families and carers to assist people living with dementia.
Another issue is individuals who often prefer to keep financial matters private from friends and family. Again as above, the client living with dementia has a choice if they act sooner rather than later. If it’s the latter then they may have no choice.
Explain the benefits of Planning Early for the Future to people.
To attend memory cafes and support groups so as to ensure families are fully aware of the solutions available. As none of us know what is around the corner, the earlier people put plans in place for their future, the better. Many people do not like to think of scenarios for “if and when” they are diagnosed with an illness, nor equally consider the implications. Without these plans in place at an early stage, before any diagnosis, this can affect how involved those diagnosed have an input into who helps them with matters such as their finances, and who will help them to make decisions about their future medical needs. With early planning the client is able to choose the people that know them and care for them sufficiently to help them.
By meeting local people who live with dementia, I can build trusting relationship to help them understand the options available.
I have watched the Dementia Friends video and I shall also attend the Dementia Friends information session. By raising people’s awareness of dementia, I can try to help lose the stigma which is attached to those living with dementia and help people to understand and be more conscious of the way they treat those living with dementia
Raising awareness of options available.
Another challenge is the common misconception that once a diagnosis of dementia has been made, clients do not realise that even though they have a diagnosis they may still be able to put plans in place.
I hope that by attending the places listed in my action plan, I shall be able to help clients at an earlier stage in diagnosis and they are still able to put their wishes into effect. This will avert the need for more expensive Court of Protection Applications.
Refer to Alzheimer's Society.
I shall keep in contact with our local dementia advisers to keep me up to date with any new information or advice to help with people living with dementia. I shall where appropriate, offer to refer clients to Alzheimer’s Society with their permission to receive help and support they need.
I shall continue to visit clients in their home, residential home or at a venue in which they feel comfortable. Most clients actually prefer to be seen in the home environment where they feel safe and secure. I understand the need for routine and familiar surroundings. I ensure all clients understand and ask questions when they have concerns, or simply need reminding. Where instructions are taken from someone with dementia, repeat questioning is used to ensure that the individual has understood the matter and their answers accurately reflect their wishes.
I always encourage family members and carers to be involved in meetings so that they can help to support and explain matters to people with dementia. This also provides the family with peace of mind as they have been involved in the decision making process and fully understand the actions being taken.
To gain a thorough understanding of dementia.
I shall attend the following workshops which are delivered by Alzheimer’s Society as these workshops are for individuals, families and carers. The course content will give me a wider understanding of this illness.
The Carer’s Information and Support Programme (CrISP) 1
This is a 5 week workshop;
Week 1 - Introduction and format of the course
Week 2 - 1.Understanding dementia
Week 3 - 2.Legal and financial issues and money matters
Week 4 - 3.Providing support and care
Week 5 - 4.Coping day to day
The Carer’s Information and Support Programme (CrISP) 2
This is a 4 week workshop
Week 1 - Introduction and format of the course
Week 2 - 1.Understanding how dementia progresses
Week 3 - 2.Living with change as dementia progresses
Week 4 - 3.Living well as dementia progresses
Become a member of the North East Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance.
I fully support the Dementia Action Alliance and look forward to working with other local organisations in supporting the Dementia Action Alliance. I have already attended the first Local Dementia Action Alliance meeting and shall attend further meetings when possible
Attend local information Group.
NELLES “North East Lincs Learning, Education and Support”
There are weekly meetings on Thursday afternoons arranged by Navigo in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society.
These meeting are an opportunity for carers to receive education and advice on caring for people with dementia, and to share experiences with others. This is also an opportunity for people with dementia to socialise and support one another in a friendly environment.
NAViGO - provides a wide range of health and care services across North East Lincolnshire.