As we are all living longer, the instances of degenerative diseases and loss of mental capacity are on the increase. We all hope this will not happen to us or our loved ones, but if it does, we need to be well prepared.
SFE members are specifically trained to provide legal services to and support people with dementia, Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases, as well as people who may have problems with the hearing, sight, mobility and capacity. Our members are trained to spot signs of neglect and abuse and will always ask to see their clients alone to ensure they are not being pressured or coerced into making decisions which may not be in their best interests.
All our SFE Full Accredited Members have achieved the SFE Older Client Care in Practice Award. This is our additional highly specialised qualification which gives our members an in depth understanding of older clients, their key issues and how best to support and advise them.
What are the options?
All SFE members can offer vital support and legal advice for the elderly to ensure that the right steps are being taken. There are several elements your loved ones can put in place which will help you to support them in times of crisis.
If they still have capacity to make decisions, they can make an LPA (lasting power of attorney). This will allow them to choose who they would like to make decisions on their behalf if they no longer can. (more details below)
If their mental capacity is fluctuating, they still may be able to make an LPA.
If they no longer have capacity, then you will need to arrange to have a deputyship put in place. This must be done through the Court of Protection and is a more complex procedure than an LPA. SFE members can help you with this.