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Loneliness Isn’t Just For The Elderly At Home Alone

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

In Mental Health Awareness Week it’s important to recognise that loneliness can occur even when you’re supported in a care home.

Our client Mrs P, continued to live on her own following the death of her husband but struggled with her finances and was later diagnosed with dementia Wilson Browne Solicitors were appointed as Deputy in order to manage Mrs P’s financial affairs.

Preceding the Deputyship it was noted that it would be in Mrs P’s best interest to move to a care home setting and all of her home comforts, possessions and needs were met by the care home and the Court of Protection team (COP) at Wilson Browne.

However, on visiting Mrs P and discussing with carers, we realised that she was beginning to feel lonely. Despite her dementia diagnosis, she remained highly intelligent and sociable and therefore felt she could not discuss her interests in travel and literature with other care residents.

The COP team organised for an external care agency to visit Mrs P three times a week to take her out for coffee, shopping and discussing travel in order to help combat Mrs P’s loneliness. We also continue to monitor the situation with Mrs P, as with all our clients, to ensure she is comfortable and we act in her best interests.

The Court of Protection team assist many clients whether we act for them as their Deputy or Attorney, taking time to really get to know them and ask them about their past and current situation so that we can ensure they live comfortably whilst including them in the decision-making process

If you are caring for someone, or having to make decisions for someone else, perhaps due to age, illness or accident and feel you need some assistance please contact our Court of Protection team on 0800 088 6004.

 

Katherine Cairns

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Katherine Cairns

Trainee Solicitor

Katherine is a Trainee Solicitor currently working within the Court of Protection team.