​National Dementia Carers' Day - raising awareness for the informal and family carers

​National Dementia Carers' Day - raising awareness for the informal and family carers

Anyone caring for a friend or relative who suffers from dementia will be familiar with the many challenges that go hand in hand with helping someone live with the condition. In recognition of those informal carers, Dementia UK, Alzheimer's Society and SweetTree Home Care Services have founded National Dementia Carer's Day on Sunday 11th September; also being within World Alzheimer's Month.

National Dementia Carer's Day aims to raise awareness of and support the role of informal dementia carers. The support of those caring for people with dementia is something that Clapham & Collinge Solicitors are passionate about. The firm and its staff regularly host Dementia Awareness Sessions in conjunction with Dementia Friends to help people to understand what it's like to live with dementia, and how to help those who are affected. We are also proud to support several members of staff who are raising money for and participating in this year's Norwich Memory Walk, which is taking place on Saturday 10th September.

Lin Whitehead, who is a partner and Head of the Wills, Trusts and Probate team, recently appeared on BBC Radio Norfolk outlining the legal implications of dementia and offered guidance on how carers can traverse this challenging period by ensuring they have the legal documents in place well in advance to ensure assets can be accessed at all times.

When speaking to Nick Conrad, Lin said "it is really important to make sure you've thought about approaching someone you can trust to manage your financial affairs if you lose capacity. This is done through a lasting Power of Attorney, and this needs to be put in place and registered as soon as possible to ensure peace of mind. It's not too late to do a Lasting Power of Attorney if you have been diagnosed with dementia, but you need to understand the ramifications of the document, so you should take advice early."

Aside from providing compassionate support, the firm offers services such as Lasting Powers of Attorney, Wills, Court of Protection Deputyship and Advance decisions for medical treatment. If you would like further information on any of the above, contact us today to discuss your individual requirements in further detail, we'd be delighted to help. Contact us on 01603 693500, email us using 'Make an enquiry' form appointments available at our Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Brooke offices, or during offices hours use the 'live chat' facility.

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