Gilbert Stephens LLP
Gilbert Stephens is a well-established Law firm based in Exeter with branch offices in: Budleigh Salterton, Crediton, Okehampton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth. We offer financial services throughout our subsidiary service, Gilbert Stephens Financial Services Limited. We offer a full range of legal services including specialist private client services for the elderly client. One of our key areas of business is supporting clients in their planning for uncertain futures which are brought into sharper focus by a Dementia diagnosis. We have a strong team of Private client lawyers who are keen to help clients plan both for the end of life and the possibility of incapacity (both physical and mental) in later life. We also offer financial management for those unable to continue to do so themselves as Attorneys or Deputies. Inevitably our work involves hands on involvement with our clients who live with failing or lost capacity, supporting them in ways which give as much control over their affairs and personal autonomy as possible, supporting both the DAA principles and those in the Mental Capacity Act, 2005.
- 21 May 2018
- South West
- Local Alliances:
- Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA)
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?
1. Dementia Friend information sessions for all staff.
Working with Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to provide all staff with a better understanding of Dementia, thereby improving the legal services that we can offer to those living with Dementia.
2. Seminar for Dementia Action week.
A joint venture with Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to bring testimonies from people living with Dementia, a presentation by E.D.A.A and advice on planning for incapacity to an audience of stakeholders, local businesses and our own clients. Through delivery of the seminar we endeavour to promote the alliance and encourage membership from other stakeholders
3. Organise an appointment time to suit the individual/family
We recognise that to many people living with a dementia diagnosis a late day appointment can be a challenge for them and we will be flexible for those in this situation, ensuring the best possible time to suit their circumstances for those with a diagnoses and their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Those delivering personal legal services to clients have some knowledge and training in the areas of Dementia and capacity. The challenges we face often relate to the timing of the client seeking advice and assistance. Often it comes when capacity is at or nearing the point at which we can no longer assist. We would therefore support any initiative to encourage those living with Dementia to seek legal advice now rather than later on, thus reducing the burden for families and carers.