Not all of us will be lucky enough to age gracefully with all our mental faculties in place. Dementia is affecting more people every year as our population ages. Dementia is a wide ranging affliction ranging from memory loss, difficulties thinking, difficulties talking or making decisions. This can be as a result of a disease such as Alzheimer’s or a stroke.
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Although Alzheimer’s may be a leading cause of dementia, other injuries may also cause aspects of dementia, such as those sustained through a serious head injury, perhaps due to a road traffic accident.
Unfortunately, it’s often the families of those affected that have to decide on how their loved one is best cared for, once it becomes apparent they can no longer make decisions for themselves.
In many instances, the person affected has financial matters that need to be managed in the future. This may be a business or an estate. For many it may be the matter of provisioning for healthcare or social care through the later stages of the condition.
In some instances the person affected may not realise they are not acting in their own best interest, and those closest to them need to take the matter to the courts to ensure their liberties and rights are respected. Family matters, especially where financial issues are concerned may complicate affairs too.
It may also be the case where you have been diagnosed with a worsening mental health issue, but have the opportunity to plan for the time when you may not be able to make decisions for yourself.
We understand how difficult it is for you to come to terms with your illness as we regularly work with people who have experienced life-changing injuries and it can be hard to look positively to the future.
Our experienced team will support you through the process of reviewing what legal remedies are in place and deciding how best to implement them to ensure that you have the best possible arrangements in place.
These discussions will include:
These are the main legal institutions or documents you should consider and we will take each one and fully explain what it is and how it could be applied in your situation. Once you have all the facts you can decide how to move forward.
These are tough circumstances to deal with and highly emotive, so rest assured that as mental health solicitors, Romain Coleman have a complete understanding of the issues and decisions you face. Our mental health legal team will meet you with total compassion and respect. We can help you understand the process and options available to you and with issues such as power of attorney, advanced decisions and making provision for a will.
Romain Coleman’s team of skilled mental health solicitors specialising in dementia and Alzheimer’s are here to help you or your family put the processes in place to secure your future welfare. Mental health problems can often create complicated legal situations. We’ll make the process and options open to you as simple as possible so as to remove any stress and worry we can.
If you or a loved one is facing the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia caused by other injuries, call our expert elderly care solicitors today and find out how we can help secure a better future. You can call us on 0800 056 0346 or 0208 520 4555.