A group of family solicitors from one of Exeter and Plymouth’s leading family law practices have been among the latest to join a social movement to change thousands of lives by becoming Dementia Friends.
A team from The Family Law Company by Hartnell Chanot recently attended an awareness session provided by Jeanette Roberts of First Care South West. The intention of the awareness session was to raise awareness of issues relating to Dementia and to give the participants a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
The Alzheimer’s Society, responsible for developing the Dementia Friends initiative, is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help make England more Dementia Friendly and improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition.
Speaking about the session, Jeanette Roberts, said: “Taking part in the Dementia Friends initiative enables legal professionals to recognise and understand how to tailor the way that they deal with clients with dementia so that they can be allowed the time they need to be able to access this extremely important service.”
Managing Director of The Family Law Company by Hartnell Chanot, Norman Hartnell, said: “As a firm, we are constantly trying to improve our ability to offer outstanding levels of client service.
“Often that means improving our understanding of our clients’ sometimes complex needs and the Dementia Friends initiative has given us a valuable insight into the needs of clients living with a diagnosis of Dementia.
“With the growing awareness of elder abuse, it is increasingly important for us, as family lawyers, to understand the conditions that can affect elder members of our community and have a potentially adverse effect on behaviour.”