Online Consultation for Elderly, Care and Mental Capacity

Amidst a difficult time, the health and safety of our clients and staff are our priority. We are conscious that it’s not always going to be possible to hold face to face meetings and have therefore introduced advanced technology in order to minimise the risks and avoid unnecessary travel or contact with others. Our Elderly,… Read more »

End of Life and Palliative Care

Palliative care in the UK is amongst the best in the world due to the work of the NHS and hospice movement. However the end of a loved one’s life is, of course, one of the most traumatic events that can be experienced. What guidance is available for end of life care? In 2015 the… Read more »

Discharge from Hospital Procedure

It is of course important that patients are not kept in hospital any longer than necessary, but equally important that they are not discharged until it is safe to do so. If it is clear to hospital staff that an older patient will need additional care and support after they have been discharged from hospital,… Read more »

S117 Aftercare

The Mental Health Act 1983 allows suitably qualified people to detain a patient in hospital if they have a ‘mental disorder’ (defined as any disorder or disability of the mind), which is putting their safety, or the safety of others, at risk. Detention in hospital under the Mental Health Act is often referred to as… Read more »

Direct Payments & Personal Budgets

Direct payments and personal budgets allow individuals some flexibility in deciding how their assessed social care needs should be met. If you are eligible for care and support, a plan will be prepared which will focus on the outcomes you wish to achieve and the help you need to do so. The care and support… Read more »

Local Authority Funding for Care

If you need care and support during your daily life then your Local Authority must (subject to your agreement) undertake an assessment of your needs. The assessment will identify how your need for care impacts upon your wellbeing, the outcomes you want to achieve and accordingly what level of care you actually need. If you… Read more »

NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding

Care home providers and managers

Our Elderly, Care & Mental Capacity team acted on behalf of a client who was in a care home and whose needs were reviewed by the NHS with a view to assessing whether or not she was entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare, which in effect would mean that her nursing home fees would be paid… Read more »

Lasting Power of Attorney Objection

Signing Document

Our Elderly, Care & Mental Capacity team acted on behalf of a client who was in his 90’s, with full capacity, who had appointed his step daughter as his attorney. When it came to registering the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) with the Office of the Public Guardian, the client’s two daughters (who he had… Read more »

Care Home Contract Issues

Signing Document

Our Elderly, Care & Mental Capacity team acted for a client who wanted to challenge the terms of a care home contract that related to her husband. He had been occupying a room in a residential care home for over a year when the care home decided that they could no longer cater for his… Read more »