Article Tag: Genevieve Powrie

Visiting Relatives in Care Homes – Ever-changing Regulations

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Care home visits are usually subject to guidance issued by the Care Quality Commission, which regulates care homes. In October 2019, this was updated and states that: “The staff should make it as easy as possible for you to visit your relative or friend. They should respect your relationship and give you as much privacy… Read more »

How Powers of Attorney Can Help During COVID-19

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The re-imposed lockdown restrictions have meant that it is now even more difficult to physically visit loved ones in care homes. We have all heard upsetting stories on the news about people being isolated, and even being “stolen” from care homes because family members are so desperate for unrestricted contact with their loved ones. In… Read more »

What Are the Differences Between Deputies and Attorneys?

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Associate, Genevieve Powrie, discusses the differences between deputies and attorneys, including their roles, duties, costs and timescales. Duties of a Deputy A Deputy is an individual appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the finances of – or make health and welfare decisions for – someone who is unable to make decisions for themselves…. Read more »

Medical Treatment – Can It Be Refused by an Advance Decision?

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During such an uncertain time, many people have sadly been confronted with the reality of life and death. It has forced people to take action in ensuring their own lives are in order, and many people have begun making Wills among other things including an advance decision. What Is an Advance Decision? A Living Will,… Read more »

Why are Care Fees so Expensive?

It can be a daunting time for families placing a loved one into a care home, particularly in circumstances where that family member has lost the ability to make decisions for themselves. Aside from the health concerns that often bring about such a decision, there is the complex world of care fees to navigate. The… Read more »

The Difficult Decisions: Dementia and Divorce

In 2014 the Alzheimer’s Society published a study on the increasing prevalence of dementia in the UK. It found that 1 in 14 of the population aged over 65 are suffering with dementia and 40,000 people living in the UK have early-onset dementia. These statistics raise many questions about the care available for patients but… Read more »

NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding: When do my care fees get paid?

Recent publicity following the BBC drama “Care” has brought NHS Continuing Healthcare funding into the spotlight. NHS England reports that 77,741 people were found eligible for Continuing Healthcare funding (CHC) during the nine month period to 31st December 2018. These patients are eligible for all of their care fees to be paid by the NHS,… Read more »

Advanced Dementia: It Might Not Be Too Late To Make A Will

You may be surprised to learn that it is possible for someone with advanced dementia, severe debilitating mental health needs, or even a person in a coma to have a Will made for them. This can be done through a Statutory Will, which is a Will made on behalf of someone who has lost mental… Read more »

Care Homes Are at Risk of Closure

It is never far from headline news that care homes are struggling to make ends meet or that the care industry as a whole is underfunded and at the brink of crisis. Recent research conducted by BBC Radio 4 has made the headlines by stating that a quarter of care homes, registered with the Care… Read more »