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The Owen Kenny Partnership Solicitors

We are a solicitors firm offering specialist elderly care services (deputyship, Powers of Attorney, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Management of Affairs) as well as providing residential conveyancing, family law, litigation and commercial property.

Updated:
8 June 2017
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Legal
Local Alliances:
Chichester Dementia Action Alliance, Bognor 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?

Our priority is that people with dementia are given as much control as possible.  Early diagnosis means that instructions can be taken regarding powers of attorney and Wills as often still have capacity.

Assistance with benefits so that they can remain at home where that is their desired outcome and it is in their best interests, as well as assistance in arranging carers and help around the house.

Signposting to other demential friendly services and support in our local community.

Ensuring all our staff are dementia friends and that all office spaces are designed in a way to be dementia friendly.

Assisting carers and family with decisions under a power of attorney and applications to court for deputyship.

Working alongside care homes in our community to provide education in relation to powers of attorney to staff as well as assisting residents who need our services.

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

Ensuring that all new staff are aware of dementia friendly practices and attend dementia friends training.

Maintaining up to date knowledge of local services and support available.

Ensuring our written communications are easy to read and that other methods of communication are employed where eaiser for the client such as verbal or BSL or easyread, or large print.

Not charging for home visits so that clients can be relaxed in their own environment when making decisions regarding their personal finances and welfare.

Member website

www.owenkenny.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Offices and staff

    Ensuring all staff attend dementia friends training including updating existing staff where training was over 24 months ago.

    Ensuring that we regularly check the offices in line with Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklist and that all new office equipment/furniture/moves are in line with that checklist.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Signposting to relevant dementia friendly services in our community

    Ensuring we have good connections with other dementia friendly services in our area, attending local meetings, networking with other providers of care, attending care home meetings.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Giving as much control to people with dementia as possible

    Ensuring that clients are aware of the different options for delegating responsibilites and how this works.  Advising carers and family as to the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and especially best interests decisions.

    Advising care homes as to powers of attorney, the risks of financial abuse, and other methods of supporting someone with dementia to manage their own affiars.

    Status:
    Being implemented