The number of residents within York living with dementia is increasing all the time and we are seeing an increasing number of clients with dementia-related issues in our city, a city that is striving to become more “dementia friendly”.
Our teams’ recent Dementia Friends training is a crucial aspect of the support we can provide to those experiencing recent diagnoses of dementia and we are proud to feel part of the movement in York to make our businesses aware of the issues involved.
The Dementia Friends programme was established by the Alzheimer’s Society in 2012. The Alzheimer’s Society aims to equip people with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included within their communities.
A “Dementia Friend” learns a little about what it is like to live with dementia and the Alzheimer’s Society have a target of creating four million Dementia Friends by 2020.
I came across the initiative a few months ago, during a tour of our local hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice on Tadcaster Road, York. It was during this visit that I was introduced to Dawn Clements, Director of Fundraising, and Dementia Champion volunteer. Dawn is an avid supporter of the Dementia Friends programme; her enthusiasm for the cause is infectious and I was soon arranging a training session for our office.
Over 30 members of staff in our York office attended Dawn’s Dementia Friendly training sessions. The sessions brought together staff from across our departments of Private Client, Property, Litigation, Company, Family, Commercial, Litigation, Ecclesiastical, Debt Recovery and Employment. Dawn was able to turn our perceptions of dementia from a negative outlook to a positive one through lively, interactive sessions; how patience and understanding can promote inclusion and security to enable those who live with dementia to LIVE WELL.
We welcome so many clients into our offices on a weekly basis, young and old, from all different backgrounds, seeking our expert advice on a variety of different legal issues. Problems with dementia are not confined to Private Client and as our population works and lives to a greater age, it may well be that issues relating to dementia will be on the increase. Our essential Dementia Friends training will enable us to effectively support those given a recent diagnosis and to hopefully provide a deeper empathy and understanding of the potential difficulties ahead. Whether we act for individuals or businesses, our solicitors across the firm will now have a greater awareness of dementia-related issues and the problems our clients face.
Training is currently being arranged for staff in our Leeds and Sheffield offices. I feel proud that Lupton Fawcett has now become part of a national campaign to promote a better understanding of those individuals and families living with dementia.
If you have any questions about anything mentioned in this article please contact Antonia Moore.
Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.