Ellisons Solicitors has been established in the East of England for over 250 years, located in five offices throughout Suffolk and Essex. We have a professional recognised team of experienced, creative and practical lawyers whose positive attitude produces strong results for both businesses and private individuals . We also have a dedicated Court of Protection team who can offer advice and assistance to clients and their families who are affected by dementia to make sense of the legal processes involved with a Deputyship application.
- 13 December 2016
- East of England
- Local Alliances:
- Ipswich 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?
Ellisons as a firm is committed to offering the highest standard of advice to our clients, some of whom will be affected by dementia. Our specialist Court of Protection team can offer valuable advice to those clients and their families by helping to steer them through the often confusing legal processes involved with making an application for a Deputyship Order. We are committed to providing an holistic service, ensuring that the needs of the individual are always listened to and supported, as well as providing the legal knowledge and experience to the families and carers of those with dementia. We also have well established links in the local area with professionals in both the public and private sector which we believe is vital to offering the best service we can.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
At Ellisons, we pride ourselves on our client care and we continually strive to find ways to improve our service. Many of our staff are already Dementia Friends but we are committed to enabling more of them to undertake the Dementia Friends training so that as a firm, we can understand more about dementia and how best to support those affected by it.
Providing our staff with the opportunity to attend Dementia Friends Awareness sessions
We recognise the importance of gaining knowledge in order to better help us to understand dementia and how it affects the indiviual and those around them. We will aim to offer the opportunity to as many of our staff as possible over the coming 12-24 months to undertake the dementia friends awareness training.
To provide the opportunity for staff members to become Dementia Friends Champions
As some of our staff work more closely with those who suffer with dementia and their families, we believe it is of great value to offer those staff the opportunity to undertake further training with a view to becoming a Dementia Friends Champion.
Offering to provide training to other professionals on Court of Protection work
We believe that it is vital for us to engage with other professionals in order that we can share our specialist knowledge of Court of Protection work and in turn to better understand the work of others in this field for the mutual benefit of the wider community. As a starting point we intend to contact local banks and funeral directors to offer training/workshops to members of staff in those companies.
To join the Dementia Action Alliance
We want to show our commitment to supporting our local community to become a dementia friendly town. By joining the Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance, we can demonstate our commitment to this process and to be involved in the developement of the work being carried out locally by belonging to the Steering Group and contributing ideas and practical assistance.