Since Pictons was set up in 1967 we’ve grown to become one of the top law firms in Herts Beds and Bucks. Over the past five decades we’ve established a great reputation as not only one of the best law firms to deal with, we have also ensured that our very personal and sensitive approach to doing business has meant that our clients feel cared for and confident that they can trust us to achieve the outcomes they want. Working with clients in the Wills Trust and Probate department we take the stress away from people, help them through a life changing experience and build relationships with clients that often last over several years. It can be very personal and we like the fact that our clients really feel they can trust us and the firm to do the very best for them.
- 4 November 2016
- East of England
- Businesses and shops
- Local Alliances:
- Luton 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 aim to provide advice to the individual, family and carers that will enhance every aspect of their life before, during and after diagnosis.
We help people understand what decisions could be made on their behalf so that they can live active and fruitful lives individually and aided by family, friends and carers.
We signpost people to relevant support which in turn can fulfil their caring needs.
We regularly support community groups and charities that relate to Dementia and actively take part in fundraising and events to raise awareness.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Time, money and resources. Understanding of Dementia.
Increase dementia awareness with staff
Plan Dementia Friends awareness sessions to be delivered to staff, a one hour session delivered by a local Dementia Champion.
Register as a Dementia Friendly Organisation to access online videos which can be used on the practise website https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk,
Include playing of relevant awareness videos at staff meetings, publicise the Dementia Friends initiative in the office and encourage staff participation
Demonstrate expertise and skills relevant to those with a diagnosis of dementia by registering with Solicitors for the Elderly.
A staff member will register with Solicitors for the Elderly
Promote the existence of Lasting Powers of Attorney for both Financial decision and Health and Welfare decisions.
We will promote these services when clients make a Will or enquire about doing so.
This enables advance planning decisions to be made at a time when these issues can be discussed with calm and logic rather that at a moment of family crisis.
Timely creation of these documents may prevent future requirements to seek a Deputy from the Court of Protection which would cause avoidable stress and costs for those impacted
Promote the existence of the process to create Advance Decisions and Advance Statements
We will promote these services when clients make a Will or enquire about doing so and also when discussing Lasting Powers of Attorney with them
Most people are not aware that family members and next of kin have no legal right to ensure the wishes or their loved one are followed by medical professionals.
An awareness of the existence of this process, again at a non-crisis time of life, such as at the creation of a will would allow an individual to empower themselves should they experience a loss of capacity in the future through accident or illness to ensure their wishes are followed.
This also empowers family members and Health and Welfare Attorneys to act with confidence to ensure their loved one’s wishes are followed.
Support those affected by dementia in claiming for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding
Develop and promote our expertise in this area and ensure that those who are potentially eligible for this funding know to contact us for support.
Publicise your partners with expertise and training of relevance to those affected by dementia and your membership of Luton Dementia Action Alliance
Produce leaflets / flyers and online material that publicise this so that Luton residents in need of these services know how to benefit from your expertise.