Dementia Law

We are solicitors who seek to support both the person and their family who live with dementia

Could it be that you have just received the diagnosis of dementia. There are so many kinds of dementia that affect people in such different ways. Dementia is an overarching term for a number of different types of dementia.

  • Alzheimers
  • Vascular dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Fronto-temporal dementia
  • Young-onset dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease

Have you been living with dementia for a while?

Perhaps caring for a loved one and feeling completely shattered?

Fear of the unknown, what is going to happen next – what do you do, who can you turn to for support and advice?

WHY CHILCOTTS LAW

At Chilcotts Law we have our own in house legal team, headed up by a dual qualified practitioner, Anne Reed who specialises in supporting and advising people with dementia. We are able to understand the clinical condition and also the legalities of what is required in order to both protect the person and create stability for their future care.

We understand because we have personal experience and work with people with dementia and their families across the whole of the UK.

More often than not, people seek our advice at a time of crisis and panic – at a time when memory loss, confusion and personality change affect the whole family. Carers are frightened and struggling to deal with the complexities of their loved one’s condition. The daily toll of trying to understand what is happening, what to do next, where to seek help and in particular, specialist advice. It can be a very lonely place.

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SPEAK TO THE EXPERTS

We are here to help you. At Chilcotts Law we understand. We are specialist in Community Care Law. We can help you work through the maze of decisions you are facing.

We offer legal advice in terms of what documentation you may need to consider is required to access money and make decisions about care and treatments. Knowing you can contact our team offers our clients a lifeline not only in terms of legal advice but advice about care options and also emotional advice and support. Our team is compassionate and knowledgeable.

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WE UNDERSTAND

Of course, it doesn’t stop there – we understand dementia can change circumstances over time. Sometimes this is a slow and steady change and sometimes this can be rapid. We seek to offer a range of options that are available, particularly in respect of the care options – be that staying at home with care and support, moving into assisted living or moving into residential or nursing home placements.

At Chilcotts Law we believe everything is possible but it may require some lateral thinking in order to create the best solution for you. Our primary aim is to allow you and your family to arrive at the decision which not only meets your personal needs and wishes but also allows the flexibility as to the future changes and challenges dementia presents.

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WHAT ABOUT FUNDING CARE?

So often families are left to face this situation on their own. Once diagnosed it can be a daunting and a bleak place. If you need care, how are you going to pay for it? Is there any help available? Who should you contact? We know many people never receive either sufficient or adequate advice. Information is delivered in a piece meal manner, which doesn’t necessarily make sense. DWP, AA, CCG, LA, CHC and Primary Health Need are acronyms bandied around but who or what do they mean?

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WE CAN REPRESENT YOU

At Chilcotts Law we have inhouse specialists who can offer advice and advocacy in regard to Continuing Healthcare Funding. We can represent you at Local Authority financial assessments; Local Authority disputes; benefit advice; advise on preservation of your home and funds. No matter what the circumstance we are here to help you make sense of what is happening, what needs to be done and what we can do to help you.

We can provide such advice in person or where ever you maybe in the UK. We will travel to any setting in which an assessment is taking place – be that the person’s home, hospital bed, residential or nursing home or indeed wherever the person is residing. You never need to face these assessments on your own. Our Anne Reed, both clinically and legally qualified, has many years of experience in representing people and families at such meetings, assessments, appeal hearings through to representation at the Health Service Ombudsman. Challenging decisions made by the Local Authority or NHS can be daunting and frightening – let us help and support you, stand right by your side and be that voice.

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NEVER FEEL ALONE

At Chilcotts Law we have a wealth of experience to help you crack the code, work out the jargon and get you to the place you need to be. Whether that’s simply a telephone call to help you understand the process or taking on the complete management of your circumstance – we can do as much or as little of whatever you need to get you to a place of peace and understanding.

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APPOINTING AN ATTORNEY

It is critical everyone seeks to appoint someone to make decisions in the event you or your loved ones are unable to do so. An Attorney can be appointed in 2 instances – to make decisions about financial matters and secondly, to make decisions about health and welfare.

Who would you want to make decisions for you if you were unable to do so? Would you want someone you may never have met such as a Doctor or Social Worker who does not know you to make life and death decisions? For the majority of people they would want their nearest and dearest to do so. It maybe you want to appoint someone but you don’t have any close family. We at Chilcotts Law can assist in creating Lasting Powers of Attorney otherwise referred to as LPAs. We can also be appointed to act as your Professional Attorney in the event you have no-one who is able to do so.

Speak to one of our team who will be able to chat through the options and help you decide what is the best thing to do in your given circumstances. It may seem daunting but it is a very straightforward process and can make the difference between a total stranger taking charge of your life or those closest to you, who know exactly what your wishes would be, in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Think of it as an insurance plan – a document that can be used if and when you need it. People often think they will not be able to make decisions once they have completed the documentation but as long as you retain capacity, then you can continue to decide what and how your life will look and feel.

Speak to us at Chilcotts Law and we can help you through the maze.

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CONCERNED ABOUT HOW TO FUND CARE FEES

Speak to one of our team who will be able to chat through the options and help you decide what is the best thing to do in your given circumstances. It may seem daunting but it is a very straightforward At Chilcotts Law we have one of the leading experts in the country, Anne Reed who can advise on a whole range of associated issues surrounding the payment of care fees. It maybe you want to stay in your own home but don’t know how this will be possible or indeed, how to make this happen. It maybe you wish to downsize and free up some capital. It maybe you want to help a family member but don’t know how this would work legally.

We will be able to look at the specific circumstance and advise how best to manage the situation. We have affiliated Financial Advisors we can call upon to help you with care fee planning. We have a team of conveyancers and solicitors who can prepare the sale and purchase of property; private client solicitors who can prepare a Will for you so as you know your loved ones will be protected. We can create contracts and documentation to assist in the transfer or preservation of assets. Keeping the family home can be a life changing decision – one which will require expert legal advice. Just call our team and speak with Anne Reed who will be able to advise you as to how best to manage the situation.

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ANNE REED CAN BE YOUR ADVOCATE

Anne Reed can act as an advocate to support you through the funding maze be that with Social Services or through NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding. As a dual qualified clinician and solicitor, she can advise on how to deal with meetings and assessments right through to managing Appeal hearings. Do not sit and fret as to what or how to approach such assessments, call Anne and she can chat through the options.

Anne can advise remotely or attend such assessments in person and be right by your side. At a time of being tired, frightened and in need of an expert who knows the system, knows the jargon and has first-hand experience of the processes, then you can take comfort and reassurance that you will be in safe hands. Anne is such a compassionate and caring individual – she will advise what practical steps to take and be there right by your side throughout the journey.

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A HOSPITAL ADMISSION, SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Be it a planned admission or an emergency admission you will need to think of what happens next. Where will you go upon discharge? What will happen next? Who will provide the care? So often people are told they have to go into residential care or a nursing home because it is unsafe to return home.

At Chilcotts Law we support people in choosing what they want to achieve. It may feel like an insurmountable challenge but our Anne Reed will help you create the right solutions for you and your loved ones. Anne has extensive experience in creating care packages, overseeing care packages and monitoring the delivery of such care packages. You will be in the hands of someone who knows the system, knows the best next steps and can provide ongoing advice as circumstances change.
Knowing an expert is on hand to help, advise and guide you should help allay some of the fears and hurdles you may be facing.

Call us today and speak with one of our team and see how we can help you. We are happy to provide a free 15 minute consultation and help signpost what we can do to help.

Call Chilcotts Law on 01822 612535 and speak with our Anne Reed.