Working to become Dementia Friendly
We are proud to be a dementia friendly law firm in Plymouth, all members of staff have received dementia training with an on going process in place to train new members of staff. Samantha Buckthought, Partner and Head of the Wills and Trust department along with 11 other employees are also Dementia Champions. A dementia champion is someone who supports others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. To achieve this they provide information about the impact of dementia, and what they can do to help. To become a champion, Samantha had to attend a training course which is run by the Alzheimer's Society.
Samantha Buckthought says: “As a firm we are working hard to ensure that a full suite of legal services are always available to those with dementia, their carers and families, and that there is full access to such legal advice irrespective of any diagnosis or difficulty. We are proud that we will be one of the first affiliated ‘Dementia Friendly’ firms in Plymouth, when Plymouth is officially recognised as the first Dementia Friendly City in England.”
Being diagnosed with a dementia related illness can be terrifying and will undoubtedly provoke the whole range of human emotions from anxiety to vulnerability. As a range of illnesses it is often poorly understood. It is undoubtedly a progressive and life changing condition, but it affects different people in different ways. Many people who suffer from dementia continue to work and live independent lives with the support of others.