Action Plan

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an organisation representing approximately 1750 qualified solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives who specialise in advising the elderly and vulnerable in our society together with supporting their families and carers when facing the challenges that come with older age and illness. We are actively involved with many charities and support groups that deal with dementia and older age issues and work closely with these organisations to ensure that clear and relevant information is available to those who need it. We are involved in policy and consultation matters with the MOJ, COP and OPG.

Commitment 1 - Relating to:

We will continue to improve the level of support and training for our members to ensure a high level of awareness of capacity issues, the MCA, care funding and legal matters that can assist those living with dementia and their families and for them to continue to live full and independent lives with dignity and respect. Our Full Accredited Members obtain their award through SfJ and we will continue to support our student and associate members to obtain their accredited training standards to ensure that they are highly skilled in giving legal advice to those living with dementia.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 1?

 

We are continuing to develop and expand our training materials and are getting as many members as possible through our training programmes.

  • We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society. Our diagnosis should not define us, nor should we be ashamed of it.

Commitment 2 - Relating to:

We are working with the media and key journalists to educate them as to the importance of having the difficult conversations with family and loved ones and where possible getting health and welfare LPAs in place to ensure people's wishes are followed as far as possible

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 2?

 

In 2018, we ran a huge media campaign and are continuing this to follow this up with regional and national journalists as a lot of work needs to be done to raise awareness.

  • We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society. Our diagnosis should not define us, nor should we be ashamed of it.

Commitment 3 - Relating to:

We are looking to share our best practice and expertise and disseminate into the professional advice space, so that more advisers understand how to support vulnerable clients, in terms of decision making, safeguarding, prevention and whistleblowing.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 3?

 

We are in the process of scoping out training materials and training sessions for professional advisers.

  • We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society. Our diagnosis should not define us, nor should we be ashamed of it.