19 December 2019

Living with dementia – families carry heavy care burden

Lack of social care

Caring for someone with dementia can be very difficult, and dementia charities have criticised the lack of consistent social care provision which places that burden on families.

The difficulties carers have with accessing services and finances for their loved one and dealing with the loneliness of being a carer are frequent issues in the news. But the deeply personal element of this problem brings home how many families struggle when facing the same situation themselves.

It’s never too late to get help

We may not be able to improve service provision, but we can help, and it is never too late to take advice.

If a loved one has recently received a diagnosis of dementia, it is more than likely that we can still help you as a family with powers of attorney, for not only finances but for health and welfare. We can talk through how these work and how they can enable family members to protect their loved one from a financial perspective.

 

Contact our Wills, Trusts and Estates team now.

 

This can range from preventing them from being affected by scams to involving them in decisions about how and where care is provided and by whom – possibly even employing your chosen carers.

You and they may be thinking about wills and protecting their estate for loved ones, including considering how to protect the family home. We can hopefully dispel some of the more frightening myths about paying for care, including many people’s fear about losing the family home.

We can talk about what do when services do go wrong and help with safeguarding and protection and we can even help to access support assessments and services for carers themselves.

Any legal remedy is rarely perfect, but it can go a long way to alleviating deep-seated fears and a sense of isolation for all concerned.

 

Please do get in touch with Annabel Kay at akay@hcrlaw.com or on 01905 953 772.

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Annabel Kay, Senior Associate Solicitor
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