1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. smailes

    smailes Registered User

    Jun 26, 2014
    77
    Hello everyone, I've been away from sometime now and am back to ask for your help. A bit of background so you can get the picture. Mum has Alzheimers and has refused to accept it. It's been a real battle for months. She has refused any care and she only remembers to take her medication when she remembers which is hardly ever. I live over 300 miles away and have always had a volatile relationship with her. Being her only relative in the UK I am the only one who is in a position to help.
    I have arranged for social services to be involved but because she refuses help they say their hands are tied.
    When I was first made aware of my mum's condition I was told to get lasting power of attorney but at the time due to our relationship I did not. Now that the Alzheimers has progressed and she's still refusing help but in need I feel I should but the GP has said her Alzheimers is too far advanced.
    The advice I'm looking for is if neither of us can afford court fees to apply for deputyship and she's losing capacity rapidly and unable to sign a LPA what are my option?
    She's on benefits and in debt and I'm not in a position to pay court fees.
    Has anyone been in a similar situation and offer any advice.
    Any help will be much appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.
    Roz
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,310
    Male
    North Manchester
    First check that she is definately incapable of granting an LPA, it only requires a few minutes of lucidity.

    All finances relating to the DWP can be handled by somebody becoming a >>>DWP APPOINTEE<<< It's a simple and free process, a DWP representative will interview both the person and the proposed appointee, these interviews can take place in different towns.

    Other finances including the debts would not be covered by the appointeeship, I suggest you contact the CAB or AgeUK to get a better understanding of the problems and then seek legal advice.
     
  3. smailes

    smailes Registered User

    Jun 26, 2014
    77
    Thank you for your reply. I've already spoken to age UK and they have directed me to their solicitors but they are again out of our price range for charges.
    I am already an appointee for her DWP so I am.able to pay her bills and do her shopping.
    I'm have just spoken to her gp and she said she's is going to refer her for a psychiatric review.
    It's more a case of having something for her health reasons as she is going to need to go into a home or extra care housing but due to her dementia she can't make a decision.
    Thank you again for your advice.

    Roz
     
  4. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,310
    Male
    North Manchester
    The health side of things will ultimately get sorted but it may take a crisis before things are done. Whether or not your Mum agrees to help or not the LA have a duty of care to protect a vulnerable adult at risk to themselves and/or others.

    The debt problem is a different matter, depending on who the creditors are this could escalate very quickly.
    The https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en may be able to help, their site says 'Support in person, over the phone and online' There may be some way of formally informing the creditors that they are dealing with a person with a mental impairment.
     
  5. smailes

    smailes Registered User

    Jun 26, 2014
    77
    Yes I fear I may have to wait for a crisis but I am trying to avoid that now seeing as I live so far away. I expect I'll just have to wait for another mental capacity assessment and then if she has lost capacity then decide from there. Thank you again. II don't think there is much else I can do. social services have already told me that they would have to do another assessment before they can do anything else.
    I think I'm just in a limbo stage and unfortunately I may have to wait for a crisis.

    Roz
     

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