A team of Leamington wills and probate lawyers have become ‘Dementia Friends’ in order to help elderly clients.

Donna Bothamley, head of wills, trusts and elderly client advice at Blythe Liggins in Rugby Road, said it is important that people living with dementia organise their financial and legal affairs while they are still able to do so, ensuring that their affairs are set up in a way they want.

“During our work we come across people diagnosed with dementia and their families who need advice on such matters as Powers of Attorney or The Court of Protection. By becoming dementia friends we’re better able to understand the needs of those clients and their families,” said Mrs Bothamley.

The Dementia Friends course, run by Alzheimer’s Society, was delivered by Tony Britton, who set up The Pam Britton Trust for Dementia in memory of his late wife Pam. She was diagnosed with early onset dementia when she was still in her 50s and died aged 64.

“We need more volunteers like Blythe Liggins to help us – ideally people who have completed a course like them, or who have personal experience of caring for a loved one with the illness who now feels able to offer that experience to others within their community,” said Mr Britton.

“When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and are in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them – including their carers, friends and family – may also need our support to do everything they can to help the person to retain their sense of identity and feelings of self-worth.”

Mrs Bothamley, a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, and her team advise clients on straightforward Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters as well as contested applications.

Anyone interested in supporting The Pam Britton Trust can call Mr Britton on 07867 698073 or Age UK Warwickshire at its office in Clemens Street, Leamington, on 01926 458100.

CAPTION: Donna Bothamley with Tony Britton (centre) and commercial lawyer Kevin Mitchell.

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