Dementia is a rapidly growing problem as the risk is increasing, resulting in more and more people becoming dependent.
According to Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and by 2025 the numbers are predicted to increase to over 1 million. Furthermore, 2 in 3 dementia patients in the UK are women. The statistics are haunting. It is important to understand dementia and what to do if you or a loved one is diagnosed, including how to deal with the legal affairs.
Dementia is the umbrella term used to describe different brain disorders that causes loss of brain function. The progressive symptoms that eventually become severe include memory loss, diminished reasoning, and changes in personality. There are various types of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, affecting 62% of those diagnosed, Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) affects around 2% of people with dementia, mixed dementia affecting 10% of those diagnosed and many more.
We understand that dementia can significantly change the lives of both you and your loved ones. Legally, dementia raises complex situations too. For instance, as dementia reduces one’s capacity to make sound judgement and decisions pertaining to day-to-day things, in the eyes of the law, certain strict criteria must be met before the dementia patient can partake in legal affairs, The law states that one must have the ‘mental capacity’ when making legal decisions such as making or changing their will. This is to ensure that they fully understand their actions.
At Romain Coleman, we specialise in providing legal services for those with dementia. We have helped countless dementia patients and their families dealing with challenging situations by providing honest and professional legal advice, as well as managing all the legal arrangements and complex paperwork.
In the event that dementia has affected one’s capacity to make decisions, including writing a will, an application to the Court of Protection can be made for a Statutory Will. Romain Coleman can help with the process. We are here to make the process as simple and stress-free as we can.
If providing long-term care to a dementia patient is your top concern, let us advise you on the route you could take. Our specialist dementia care solicitors can help with applying for funding, recovering care costs and all the necessary arrangements to ensure the patient’s needs are met.
If the person with dementia has a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, this document would give legal authority to a trusted individual to make decisions on their behalf when they lose the mental capacity to do so. Find out more about LPAs in ‘What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? The complete guide to Lasting Power of Attorney‘.
If the person with dementia has a Living Will in place, they would have already expressed their wishes regarding future medical care. Learn more about Living Wills in our post ‘Should I make a Living Will‘.
We are dementia and elderly care specialist solicitors who care about securing a better future for your loved one. This is why our services are designed to be unique for each person and family. We give honest legal advice on everything you need to know, free of legal jargons.
For more in-depth information on our dementia and elderly care services you can follow this link. We understand the pain when a loved one is facing the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s, we would do our very best to help. Talk to us today on 0208 520 4555 or complete our Contact Form.
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This post is not legal advice and should not replace professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances. It is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.