Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP
Our firm is dedicated to providing tailored legal advice for our clients which adopts a common sense approach and is of real, practical benefit to individuals when they are in need of help and support. Clients turn to us either when they are looking to plan for the future or when they are facing a difficult juncture and we endeavour to guide them by listening and carefully understanding their needs, and providing common sense advice in a sensitive and thoughtful manner. As a law firm originally founded in 1570; Thomson Snell & Passmore’s well-established roots and longevity are clear, and testament to our dedication to advising generations of families and businesses over the years, such that clients continue to return to us for straightforward legal advice when they need it most from experts in their field .
- 12 March 2019
- South East
- Local Alliances:
- Kent 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 are mindful of the need of those living with dementia and their families to exercise personal choice where decisions concern them, to have access to valuable support and knowledge and to have their needs understood, all of which help them to live well with dementia. Our lawyers are committed to providing expert, tailored advice to individuals and their families in these circumstances, to support them in making well-considered, informed decisions about their affairs in the present and looking to the future. Seeking the right advice at the right time helps to maintain and maximise an individual’s independence, and to access the invaluable resources which are available to those living with dementia. Some of our lawyers are members of Solicitors for the Elderly and a number are Dementia Friends. We are committed to understanding our clients’ aims and needs sensitively so that their best interests are continually supported. We endeavour to work collaboratively with other professionals and bodies in the caring field, such as local authorities, hospitals and surgeries, to ensure a cohesive and sensible approach which puts the individual at the very centre.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
A recurrent challenge is a limited awareness of the expert professional advice which can be sought and the other tools which are available to support individuals and their friends and families when they are living with dementia, and indeed well before that time. There is a real need to communicate with all those involved at an early stage, ensuring steps can be taken in advance to maintain control and independence, and to make heartfelt wishes known. When faced with such difficult circumstances there are expert lawyers on hand who can assist clients in navigating through the complexities of the legal world where capacity is perhaps fluctuating or in doubt, and provide advice on the steps to take to ensure that the individual’s best interests remain paramount and those around them are supported. We make information available on our website and work closely with other professional individuals to prioritise these issues.
Work collaboratively and proactively with hospitals, local authorities and care agencies to increase awareness of options available, ensuring individuals are supported and their independence upheld.
Maintain contact with hospital discharge teams, Social Services and other professionals in this field, i.e. psychiatrists, occupational therapists and case managers to support joined up approach.
Encourage more lawyers to become Dementia Friends to enhance awareness in connection with living with dementia and to assist when meeting clients with the illness
We will invite Alzheimer’s UK to train more staff, especially those in the teams most likely to meet clients with dementia and their friends and families, to become Dementia Friends.
- Initial Scoping
Building up relationships with local banks and building society branches and opening up discussion concerning capacity and its intricacies with a view to further safeguarding vulnerable individuals.
We will invite local branch managers to be involved in our endeavours to raise awareness of living well with dementia (i.e. with the help of the Dementia Friends network) and arrange opportunities to discuss capacity and its various layers, with the input of trained medical professionals (i.e. psychiatrists) also.