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Moore & Tibbits Solicitors

Moore & Tibbits is a well respected law firm in the heart of Warwick. We have a specialist Health and Community Care Team headed by Debbie Anderson who deal exclusively with the legal aspects of provision and funding care as well as applications to the Court of Protection. Our multi-disciplinary team includes a Registered General Nurse and has vast experience supporting and representing elderly and vulnerable clients and their families. We strive to ensure that a person’s dignity and rights are respected at all times and provide clear, understandable advice that is tailored to the individual’s needs. The team are regularly invited as guest speakers to various support groups, including Alzheimer’s Society, Citizens Advice Bureau, Older People in Action. These talks are aimed at raising awareness of the Care Act and health and social care legislation generally as well as promoting the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Wills.

Updated:
3 January 2018
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?

We are very proactive in raising awareness and providing people with dementia and their carers with clear information about the legalities surrounding long term care and new rights under the Care Act 2014 for carers.  The importance of making Lasting Powers of Attorney and Wills are also explained so the person understands that they can make decisions now about the care they wish in later life. Our specialist team are often invited as guest speakers at carer support groups and for events held by organisations such as Older People in Action and Alzheimer’s Society.

We work closely with Age UK Warwickshire by holding free legal advice clinics throughout Warwickshire, offering discounted rates for Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney for the over 50’s through these clinics. Where required, we also act as a Professional Attorney or Deputy.

Last year, we held a free training seminar for over 50 staff from a wide range of voluntary sector organisations who are often the first port of call for families.  The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for reflection and discussions about the problems they encounter when supporting people who have care needs.  Our care team developed a “toolkit” which provided guidance on how the care related legislation shapes the services their clients may access and was developed as a result of repeated enquiries from front line workers whose clients were encountering similar problems in relation to accessing social care, care fee calculations and continuing healthcare assessments. 

We have also more recently provided staff training at a Warwickshire care home regarding adult safeguarding, best interests and mental capacity explaining how the law can support them and providing practical examples to raise awareness and also drive up standards.

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

Supporting families long term flexibly as health and social care needs change.Providing information that is appropriate to the individual, family member and professional’s requirements and level of understanding.Raising awareness about the Mental Capacity Act 2005Promoting access to advice before a crisisHighlighting the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

Our aim is to provide people with the awareness and knowledge of the legalities surrounding long term care and mental capacity so informed decisions can be made.  Our team use jargon free, understandable language and picture cards for those with language problems.

We will see clients at their home, in a Care Home, hospital or our offices, whichever is the most suitable environment for their needs.

Our team provide presentations and talks to various support groups and our mission is to continue to raise awareness by reaching as many groups as possible.

2. Actions

  • Outreach work: Seminars and presentations to frontline care and voluntary sector staff, carer and support group members and legal advice surgeries

    We held a free training seminar for voluntary staff who are often the first port of call for families.  The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for over 50 workers in the voluntary sector to get together and discuss the problems they encounter when supporting people who need care.  Moore & Tibbits provided a “toolkit” which provided guidance on how the Care Act 2014 will be implemented.  This came about as a result of repeated calls from charities and support groups whose clients were encountering very similar problems in relation to social care assessments, care fees and continuing healthcare assessments.

    Our team are regularly invited to talk at carer support groups such as the Alzheimer’s Society and in conjunction with Age UK Warwickshire and the Citizens Advice Bureau for Nuneaton, Bedworth, Rugby and Tamworth, we hold free legal advice clinics at various locations throughout Warwickshire.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Training and support: In-house and to providers

    We exhibited at the Care and Dementia Show held at the NEC in Birmingham last year to raise awareness and drive up standards by offering training to staff in the Care Homes regarding safeguarding, mental capacity and best interests.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Care Newsletters

    We offer free care newsletters on issues such as continuing healthcare, mental capacity, hospital discharge etc. to care providers, clients and third sector organisations. These provide local news and legal updates.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Free Legal Advice clinics in conjunction with Age UK Warwickshire

    We provide free legal advice clinics at various locations throughout Warwickshire in conjunction with Age UK Warwickshire.  Discounted rate are offered for Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney for the over 50’s through these clinics.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New member