“What practical and legal steps can we take to plan for the future?” is a question that we, as an organisation offering dementia support, are often asked, whether by people living with dementia themselves or by their loved ones.

Due to the fluctuating nature of the condition, it can difficult to balance ongoing care needs while anticipating how these – and their costs – may change, and knowing when to take the necessary legal decisions surrounding the person with dementia’s future mental capacity.

Changing times

What’s more, now is a particularly confusing time. We are currently living in a period of changing legislation, following the advent of the 2014 Care Act, but prior to all system changes coming into effect in 2016.

From last month (April 2015), a person with dementia’s judged level of need is now determined by government at a national level, rather than independently by your local authority. Under the new act, your local authority also has a duty to carry out an assessment of the person in question’s needs and provide carers with appropriate support.

The national asset thresholds for funding are also set to change, with a cap to be placed on a person’s total care costs from April 2016 onwards.

Here’s a guide that can help

Earlier this month, United Response was contacted by a former social worker named David Watts, who has experience of the dementia field. He has collaborated with family solicitors Laker Legal to produce the following straight-to-the-point guide, which breaks down the practical, financial and legal implications of the choices to be made as dementia progresses over time.

“Finding a rounded source covering all the information you want to know around these common issues can sometimes be difficult,” David told us. “Because of this, we‘ve pooled our expertise to create this easy-to-understand infographic on the practical issues around dementia care.”

The guide covers practical dementia care decisions to be taken through the early, mid and late stages of progression; the different types of care options and assistive technologies available; the financial ramifications of the 2014 Care Act; and a legal summary on the disposal/transferal of assets, and issues surrounding decision-making and mental capacity.

We hope you find it useful – we did.

Take a look for yourself:

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With thanks to David Watts and Laker Legal

This infographic is intended as a guide only and its reproduction does not constitute an endorsement by United Response. It is important to get individual and independent financial and legal advice when planning for your own or others’ future. 

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