Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled new plans to increase the help available to dementia sufferers in the community. His plans include ‘Dementia Friends’ being trained in such places as Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Bank and Homebase.
It is estimated around 800,000 people have been diagnosed with dementia and this figure has been predicted to reach 1.7 million by the year 2051.
Jeremy Hunt stated, “(This) is about government, clinicians, business, society and investors coming together to raise our game on every front – from speedy diagnosis to compassionate care, and from help on our high streets to the quest for a cure.”
Whilst awareness of Dementia Care is being raised, there are other areas of support that sufferers and their families need. It is advisable for a person suffering from Dementia to ensure that their legal and financial affairs are organised, should they lose the ability to conduct their own affairs.
Setting up Powers of Attorney will ensure that financial affairs and matters concerning health and welfare decisions can be set out and followed in the event of the sufferer losing capacity. Not only will this provide peace of mind for sufferers, but leave them safe in the knowledge of who will be looking after their affairs. Making a Lasting Power of Attorney can also provide peace of mind for families at what is a very stressful time.
Kidwells can offer Lasting Powers of Attorneys, along with the Wills and Probate services and for more information contact Miss Zoe Smith on 01432 278179.