April 2020: Will & Probate Advice

April 02 2020

You’ve got a Dementia Friend.

If you are concerned about coping with Dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society initiative known as Dementia Friends could help you. All of the team at Simpson Solicitors in the Kings Chase Shopping Centre have registered as “Dementia Friends” to show those with dementia that they will receive a warm welcome.

Solicitor John Baden-Daintree says, “When helping with Wills and Powers of Attorney, it is important our team understands how to welcome and support people with dementia along with their families. Dementia Friends is an excellent initiative that has given us great insight”.

Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain and is not a natural part of ageing.  There are many types that have different effects and which progress at different speeds.

Whilst dementia usually causes problems with short term memory loss, Dementia Friends shows there are ways to still engage positively. For example people with dementia can often still recall emotions. Therefore it is better to ask them if they enjoyed their morning, rather than ask them what they did.

Dementia Friends explains the need to be patient with people with dementia - to help see beyond their dementia; and how, with the right support, it is possible to live well with dementia.

Some support requires Lasting Powers of Attorney to be in place. These are legal documents where you appoint those you trust to speak up for you and to help you make decisions about you money, property and medical treatment – if you became too ill to be able to do this on your own.

These have to be set up in advance whilst you have the mental capacity needed. Simpson Solicitors’ complete service can prepare, register and activate Lasting Powers of Attorney – with no hidden costs.

Vincent Mulcock of Simpson Solicitors says “The Dementia Friends training highlighted how people with dementia can often still communicate their wishes – they just need more time to get their thoughts across. We can help them by not interrupting but by smiling and being encouraging. Then with Lasting Powers of Attorney they can continue to make their own decisions for as long as possible.”

To find out more about Dementia Friends go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk or call the National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122.

Find out more about the Free Legal Review service of Simpson Solicitors covering Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate call 0117 960 8594 or pop in to see their friendly team at the Kings Chase Shopping Centre (opposite Costa) in Kingswood. They also offer a free review by telephone or by home visit, if getting in to the office is difficult.