The reality however might be that a nursing home is the right place for you, or your family member. That’s a really difficult decision. At Morton Fraser, we have a team which is dedicated to working with people as they age, and also with their families. We can provide help and guidance on many issues, a lot of which are not "legal" issues per se.
You might not instantly think about a firm of solicitors being able to help you with these things, but we do have a huge amount of experience. We think that there are various stages to the ageing process, and recognise that not all of us will pass through all of these stages. Equally, we might spend differing amounts of time at each stage. After living independently, there might start to be a time where someone needs a little bit of help with their affairs. That might be help to manage finances, or making sure that all of the support systems are in place to maintain independent living. At the start, that might be minimal intervention in someone’s life. The next stage might see someone needing a bit more help, in more areas of their life while still living independently.
A sheltered housing environment might be the next stage, where care is more readily available, but this is only used if the situation requires it. A move to a nursing home need not be the end of life experience which a lot of people fear. There are many homes which provide a fantastic quality of life for their residents, and this can also be the start of a new lease of life. Crucially, that might also be a benefit for the family of an elderly person.
Finally, there are situations which require someone to take over all aspects of a person’s financial and welfare matters. We all get older, and although personality and needs might change, we try to help families and friends give the elderly all the care and respect which is needed to ensure they are safe and well looked after.
If you would like to speak to us about any of these issues, please contact me on the details below.