Stuart Bradford - Partner, Coles Miller

Coles Miller Helps People Living With Dementia23rd Apr 2014

Coles Miller is supporting a new pilot group that has been launched to help people living with dementia.Stuart Bradford - Partner, Coles Miller

Launched last September, the new community group was established to form a local Dementia Action Alliance in Southbourne.

The group is made up of organisations interested in improving the lives of people with dementia and in helping their carers.

Organisers want to raise awareness and make Southbourne a dementia-friendly community.

The aim is to ensure that Southbourne is inclusive for people with dementia and their carers so they can remain independent and have control over their lives.

Power of attorney specialist Stuart Bradford of Coles Miller Solicitors has joined the team at Southbourne Dementia Friendly Community to help shape the initiative.

Other like-minded organisations involved include:

  • Dorset Police
  • local GPs and the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Bournemouth Careline and Telecare
  • Domestic Angels
  • Help & Care
  • Immanuel Church
  • Sunrise of Southbourne
  • National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)
  • Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI)
  • Bluebird Care
  • local councillors
  • local carers.

The national Dementia Action Alliance comprises more than 900 organisations across the UK, all dedicated to helping the 800,000 people in this country who are living with the effects of dementia.

The Dorset local alliances are hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society and supported by voluntary contributions, both financial and in kind.

Coles Miller Associate Stuart Bradford’s specialist areas of expertise include powers of attorney and applications to the Court of Protection. He is also a member of STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Powers of attorney enable people to delegate important financial and medical decisions to loved ones or trusted professionals.

These important legal documents must be set up before an individual loses their capacity to take decisions, ready in case the eventuality should arise.

Without a power of attorney in place, the process of delegating the decision-making process can be much more legally complex if the individual has already lost capacity.

For more information about powers of attorney and the Court of Protection, contact Coles Miller Associate Stuart Bradford, 01202 673011.