Thomas Dunton Solicitors
Thomas Dunton Solicitors has helped local people and businesses in Orpington for 40 years. Dementia is a disease that will inevitably affect the social, emotional and financial life of the person with the disease and their family. It is a progressive illness where, if possible, it is essential to plan ahead. We are working with the Bromley Dementia Support Hub and other local and national organisations to understand the effect it has on those with the disease and how the Law can help support them and protect their finances and welfare.
- 9 February 2019
- Finance, Legal
- Local Alliances:
- Bromley 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 believe that dementia is a disease that needs to be talked about and understood far more that it is. We hope to help achieve these aims and support those with the disease in the following ways:
Staffing training – all members of staff have taken part in dementia information sessions given by our 3 Dementia Champions. These sessions are now part of our formal induction programme for all new employees. They enable our solicitors and their secretaries to better understand the challenges people living with dementia face and provide an insight to how we can help them.
Information – reaching out to the public We offer information on how the Law can help and protect those with the disease through free Newsletters and leaflets, our website, social media and regular magazine articles.
Regular talks to the public – in local library and meeting places We now include information on the importance of people with dementia taking legal advice whilst they still retain mental capacity in our free monthly talks to the public on the subjects of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Inheritance Tax and Care Home fees.
Our offices and procedures – are they dementia friendly Changes in signage and how we communicate with dementia sufferers, are designed make visits to our premises far less stressful. A lift provides easy access to all floors and where necessary, home visits can be arranged.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Within a legal context, the biggest challenge is informing the public about the impact that dementia with have on the life of the person with the disease and their close families, and why early action is essential whilst the person still has mental capacity to plan ahead.
Deliver Dementia Information Sessions to Staff
We have committed to ensuring that all our staff attend Dementia Information Sessions as delivered by our Dementia Champions. We consolidate this by watching videos on how best we as a business and individuals can help those with dementia live well.
- Being implemented
Provide a visiting service to clients who are unable to attend our officesWe regularly attend clients at their homes or care facilities who are unable to come to our offices, ensuring that they have access to legal services and advice. We find that this also adds an enjoyable social interaction for both us and the client.
- Being implemented
Improving the physical environment
We are looking at our premises with a view to making improvements to ensure that it is Dementia Friendly and easily accessible to all our clients.
- Initial Scoping