A smiling carer chats with an elderly lady

Carers Week

This week is Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness and recognise the contribution made by the UK’s 6.5million carers. The event is supported by a partnership of national charities, including Carers UK, who organise events, run information sessions and provide advice, support and assistance to the carers and the people they care for.

The message of this year’s Carers Week is ‘Prepared to Care’ and focuses on new research which shows that there is a lack of support for carers when they first take on the role. The report shows that 75% of carers were unprepared for all aspects of caring, 81% of carers say they were not aware of the support available and 35% believe they were given the wrong advice about the support on offer.

The welfare of older and vulnerable people frequently involves an understanding of the complex legal issues relating to mental health and social care and it will often be a carer who takes the step of contacting organisations for assistance.

Our specialist team at Clarke Willmott can help carers prepare for their role by organising their affairs to provide financial security and plan for the challenges that may arise, from a legal perspective.  We will consider the core elements: wills, powers of attorneys, trusts and advance decisions, to find the best and most cost effective solution for the individual.

Many carers do not receive the support they are entitled to when residential or other care is needed.  When so much time is spent in providing care, NHS Continuing Care applications or researching into alternative funding for care can be difficult or overwhelming. We can help clients apply for funding or appeal against an unsuccessful assessment.  We can identify when carers can benefit from additional help themselves, advising on the types of support available and helping with applications.

As the only Court of Protection Panel Deputy based in Bristol, Anthony Fairweather is uniquely placed to understand the pressures of managing the affairs of a relative. We pride ourselves on offering practical and supportive advice to clients in this situation.

I am personally experienced in advising carers about their rights and responsibilities and will provide support when difficult welfare decisions need to be made, especially when a vulnerable person is unable to make the decision themselves.

Carers may often disagree with the decisions made by others but don’t know how to respond. I am happy to talk to anyone faced with a decision that they do not agree with and when a carer needs an explanation about care, financial or welfare issues I can always point them in the right direction.

This is a different type of support than that offered to carers by the various charities involved, but we can assure carers that it will be delivered in an equally friendly and accessible manner.

If you are worried about any of these issues, please contact us.