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Cartmell Shepherd

Cartmell Shepherd are solicitors based in Cumbria and Northumberland with offices in Carlisle , Penrith, Brampton and Haltwhistle. With a nationally recognised team of legal experts we are ideally placed to help clients cut through the confusion and access the legal advice they really need. Cartmell Shepherd offers expertise in the following areas of law: Agricultural Law Corporate and Business Law Commercial & Residential Property Law Employment Law Litigation & Dispute Resolution Matrimonial & Family Law Wills, Estates & Trusts Law Debt Recovery Services

14 July 2017
North West
Local Alliances:
Penrith Dementia Action Alliance , Carlisle 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 see ourselves as an important part of early planning relating to dementia. We believe that we can help people by pre-planning and maintaining control in the event that they are unfortunately affected by dementia.

We will do so by raising awareness of  Lasting Powers of Attorney and encouraging people to put these in place whilst they have capacity. This way they get to choose who they would like to assist them with their financial affairs and/or health and welfare decisions if they are ever unable to make the decisions for themselves. This option may be preferable to a person losing capacity and having to pursue a deputyship order for others to be able to assist them. This procedure can often be stressful and intrusive.

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

Sometimes people do not feel it is necessary to make Lasting Powers of Attorney because they do not believe that they could ever lose capacity.

However, if this does happen, it will then be to late to make a LPA. It is therefore our role to outline the possible eventualities so people can make informed decisions and plan for the future. If they do not lose capacity they are not at a loss, but are in a better position if they do.

In order to provide help, we are relying on people to come to us and instruct us in preparing LPA's. Therefore it is important that we get ourselves out in the community such as at coffee mornings and various talks to raise awareness of the options. 

Member website


2. Actions

  • Prepare a talk to raise awareness about Lasting Powers of Attorneys

    We will prepare a presentation to deliver to local people, explaining clearly what LPA's are, the benefits of them and what the situation will be if someone does not have one in place and then loses capacity.


    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Nov 16 - new member 

  • Deliver presentations outlining what LPA's are and the benefits of them to raise awareness of why they are important

    Contact various organisations such as Hospice at Home, Age Concern and the Salvation Army and arrange opportunities for us to attend events and talk to members of the community about creating Lasting Powers of Attorney 


    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Nov 2016 - new member 

  • Host a coffee morning

    We will host a coffee morning on our premises, inviting people into our offices to meet us and ask any questions which they may have about Lasting Powers of Attorneys. 


    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Nov 2016 - New member 

  • Capacity awareness

    Ensure staff have a high level of awareness regarding capacity and the issues which can surround capacity for people affected by dementia, such as identifying if a person may not have capacity. 


    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Nov 2016 - new member