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Garratts Solicitors Oldham

Garratts Solicitors is a high street practice established in 1982 which has grown into a practice with 8 partners and 65 staff across 6 offices in Oldham, Ashton, Worsley, Radcliffe, Stalybridge and Newton Heath, Manchester. We were awarded the prestigious Law Society Lexcel quality award in 2010. Lexcel means that you can be confident of our commitment to client care and best practice. We cover a variety of services including Mental Health Tribunals, Wills, Estate Planning, Court of Protection issues and Lasting Powers of Attorney all of which are directly relevant to dementia patients and their families and carers alongside a variety of other personal legal services. We already provide a Wills surgery via Age UK Tameside and are available at that surgery to discuss other related legal issues.

Updated:
26 July 2016
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Legal
Local Alliances:
Oldham 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?

We believe that we could provide advice and assistance for both sufferers of dementia and other related illnesses and their families and carers. We can assist in planning for the future in respect of both financial issues and health and welfare issues. Give advice about protecting assets from being unnecessarily swallowed up in care fees and how best to fund any necessary care fees. We can advise and assist families when a loved one has already lost capacity in respect of Court of Protection issues and mental health sectioning issues.

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

Many people still believe “it won’t happen to me” and only turn to solicitors for advice either at the last minute or when it may be too late for the sufferer to make their own decisions. Therefore awareness about forward planning and providing advice as soon as possible is crucial.

3. How can you overcome these challenges?

To raise awareness of dementia and related illnesses to both staff and clients and their families and to raise awareness of steps that can be taken to alleviate the difficulties that may arise with the illness in its later stage, particularly for the families and carers.

We would be looking to organise training sessions for staff to ensure that sufferers are treated with respect and dignity which would enable them to maintain control of their own lives and decisions for as long as possible.

2. Actions

  • Action 1:

    Title: Improve our understanding of Dementia

    Description: Arrange for all staff to have training in dementia awareness with a view

    to them becoming more aware of how the illness can impact on our clients and their

    families in day to day situations

    Status:
    Completed
  • Oldham Dementia Action Alliance - Whats going on during Dementia Awareness Week throughout Oldham

     Events by various members of the Oldham DAA during DAW

    11/5/16

    Asda Foyer, Chadderton 9am -12.00noon

    Making Space

    Dementia Pop-Up (could not get the actual DAW week, so this was closest date)

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    15/5/16

    Alexandra Park

    Greenspace

    Dementia Awareness Day

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    17/5/16

    Oldham Indoor Market 9.00am – 4.00pm

    Making Space

    Dementia Pop-Up

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    17/5/16

    Hopwood Court 2-4pm

    Hopwood Court  with Making Space

    Musical Activity as part of Hopwood Court Community Open day.

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    18/5/16

    My Mobility Superstore Shop 10am-11am

    My Mobility Superstore and Caremark (Joint working)

    Dementia Friends Session

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    18/5/16

    Ashgrove House Care Home- 2pm-3pm

    My Mobility Superstore and Caremark (Joint Working)

    Dementia Friends Session

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    19/5/16

    Longwood Lodge Care Home

    My Mobility Superstore and Caremark (Joint Working)

    Dementia Friends Session

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    19/5/16

    St Herberts Court 12.30pm – 4.30pm

    Making Space

    Dementia Friends Sessions

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    20/5/16

    Failsworth Group Practice

    Making Space

    Dementia Pop-Up

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    Throughout  DAW

    Radclyffe High school

    Training up 300 pupils in year 8

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    5/5/16

    Oldham Central office

    Garretts Solicitors

    Delivering 2 Dementia Friends sessions to Garretts Solicitors in lieu of Dementia Awareness week, as the Group Practice were not available during DAW.

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    Throughout DAW

    Schools Various

    Caremark

    Dementia Friends Sessions throughout DAW

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     All week

     Throughout Oldham in numerous homes.

    Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

     Promoting Dementia awareness, whilst carrying out our Safe and well Visits.

    They will visit approximately 50 households in the week.

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     DAW Week

    Development Academy

    Linda Green

    Dementia Friends sessions (unsure if these sessions are open or closed sessions for staff)

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    All Week

    Social Media Campaign.

    Aksa Homes

    Social Media Campaign. Promoting key information on dementia through social media

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    Status:
    Delivery
  • Action 3:

    Title: Long term advice

    Description: To work with clients and their families and carers to provide advice and assistance to ensure the long term dealing with the impact of dementia is more manageable and secure.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Action 2:

    Title: Promotion

    Description: To ensure that our working practices, offices, correspondence and dealing

    with clients generally are in place to meet the needs of clients with dementia and their

    families and carers

    Status:
    Implementation