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Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall is a top-ranked firm of solicitors based in Warwickshire.

Updated:
22 December 2015
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Legal
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire 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?

Over 40 Wright Hassall employees recently attending Dementia Friends training delivered by Age UK Warwickshire. Our aim is to support activities which help those living with dementia - whether themselves or supporting a member of their family who has been diagnosed.  

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

We are aware that many legal issues can seem daunting, 40 members of our team are trained dementia friends and committed to speaking in plain English and ensuring the best possible advice is delivered. We are members of Solicitors for the Elderly so we are recognised for providing specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

For those who feel more comfortable in their own environment we offer out of hour’s appointments which can be at home, hospital or in care homes. 

2. Actions

  • Continue to train employees to be dementia champions

    Wright Hassall has eight trained dementia champions across the firm and we intend to ensure training is accessible to other employees across the firm. 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Play an active role in the Musical Memories CafĂ©

    We will continue to support Age UK Warwickshire with it's Musical Memories Cafe that meets monthly in Leamington Spa.

    The café aims to support people with memory problems, along with their families and carers, through music, which is recognised as being important in helping to bridge memories. Volunteer musicians play requests, with guests welcome to join in and share experiences and emotions in relaxed, informal surroundings.

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Continue to campaign for the care of the vulnerable

    A survey, led by law firm Wright Hassall, revealed 15 per cent of adults would be very likely to resort to using secret cameras, with a further 22 per cent admitting they would be fairly likely to if they were worried about the standard of treatment of their relatives in a care setting.

    We will continue to survey and raise awareness of the concerns people have over elderly care and those living with dementia. 

    Our medical negligence solicitor will continue to campaign for her CARE checklist to be used by those looking after vulnerable people to ensure their basic needs and being fulfilled. 

    Following this survey we have created an infographic regarding care of elderly people:

    https://www.wrighthassall.co.uk/knowledge/legal-articles/2015/07/14/care-critical-concerns/

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Provide legal information to help people with dementia and their carers

    We have created a detailed legal guide to assist anyone that has recently been diagnosed with dementia or for the support network of that person. The guide gives information to start processing how to live well with dementia or how to support someone. It is also a guide on the necessary steps to build a safe and secure future.

    https://www.wrighthassall.co.uk/knowledge/legal-guides/2015/10/02/complete-legal-guide-dealing-dementia/

    We will continue to produce information to to help people with dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This ongoing project is continuing to attract attention and help people in their understanding of the legal implications. To date it has been viewed over 500 times, with many people choosing to download the information.