October 1st, 2014
1 October 2014 is Older People’s Day – a UK event that joins the UN International Day of Older Persons to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.
The welfare and happiness of older people often requires an understanding of complex legal issues relating to their care. This can seem like putting the pieces of a jigsaw together – until everything is in place it is difficult to see the solution, but the process can begin with finding the right person to talk to, for example to arrange a care or finance assessment.
The Elderly Care team at Clarke Willmott is uniquely qualified to provide advice and assistance. In addition to our knowledge of the law, we understand that the circumstances for each family will be different. Whether you want to put arrangements in place for yourself, or if you are supporting someone who needs help due to old age or dementia, we can help.
Meet the team:
Anthony is a Partner and specialises in Court of Protection and elderly care advice. He works with families, case managers and local authorities to ensure that the financial affairs of people who cannot manage their own finances are properly managed. He is the only Court of Protection panel deputy in Bristol and Somerset. He has undertaken the CF8 qualification in Long Term Care and is a full member of Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).
Jess Flanagan is an Associate whose expertise includes residence, care and contact disputes between private individuals and public authorities. This might concern an adult who lacks the mental capacity to make important welfare decisions themselves. Jess has specialist knowledge of Safeguarding procedures, Community Care law, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) framework and Mental Health Act 1983, including representation of detained patients in the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
Heledd Wyn is an Associate who specialises in elder client issues, including estate planning, powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications. Heledd has a particular interest in the care of older people with capacity issues, which may involve care home funding, powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters. Heledd is a secretary to the Somerset Regional Group of SFE and has been co-opted onto the STEP Mental Capacity Special Interest Group. She assists with the dissemination of information regarding capacity to members of STEP via the group’s newsletter.
Joanna Burton is a Solicitor whose background is in local authority work. She has considerable experience of advising in respect of the safeguarding process and works with individuals who have suffered abuse from carers, family members, friends and acquaintances which may have occurred at home or in residential care homes or supported living accommodation. Joanna also has considerable expertise in understanding social care needs assessments, the calculation of personal budgets and direct payments, charging for services and the statutory obligations of local authorities to provide and fund such services.
We are all delighted to be supporting Older People’s Day – today and every day!
For further information or to discuss elder client issues, please contact a member of our team.