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elderly care


If the Beatles were working today, they’d have to write about “When I’m 84”, with the population over 80 set to double by 2030. We know that this is already having profound implications across the health and social care sector and we are famous for our expertise in this distinctive area.

We have established an annual conference focused on the legal issues and liabilities in an ageing population, and have been proud to deliver the update on legal issues at the national annual conference for the British Geriatric Society.

what we do...

  • Dealing with increasing claims cost-effectively -  as the value in damages for an elderly claimant is often far outweighed by the potential legal costs.

  • Capacity and decision-making – with two thirds of hospital inpatients aged over 65, and one third with dementia, getting the Mental capacity Act right, and understanding deprivation of liberty, becomes ever more important, under the increased scrutiny of a “post Francis” world, and with new criminal offences and sanctions under the Fundamental Standards.

  • Medical treatment decisions - around end of life and withdrawal of care.

  • New organisational and funding structures - including integrated care and increasing use of direct payments / personal budgets, governance and liabilities.

  • Supporting clients with coroners holding inquests - more often, and in more detail than before, in cases which might previously have simply been attributed to “old age”.

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Upcoming webinars

mental-capacity-act-and-deprivation-of-liberty-case-law-update-May-2018

Ben Troke will look at some of the most recent leading cases in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

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Legal updates

LiPS service? or real reform, soon…?

The Government has promised to implement, virtually in full, the Law Commission proposals for reform of the law on deprivation of liberty and the Mental Capacity Act. But when will it happen?

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Legal updates

CMA - Charging fees post death in care homes

The CMA reported last week that Maria Mallaband have voluntarily given an undertaking in response to a consumer law investigation to not enforce the terms in their agreements requiring the payment of residential fees after the date of a resident’s death.

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Legal updates

Impact of CMA care home market study on providers

Last week the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) published its final report following a year-long review of the elderly care home sector.

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