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"As a Court Protection solicitor and Deputy, I have seen first-hand how difficult it can be for my clients and their families to live in accommodation that is unsuitable to meet their needs."

Guest Article from Lucy Taylor, Partner at Shoosmiths

For me personally, I work on the basis that a client’s accommodation is one of the first fundamental things that we need to get right. Without it, it can be incredibly difficult to try to implement anything else to support the client and help them to live their best quality of life. Sadly, I have also encountered clients where due to accommodation difficulties, it has resulted in the breakdown of their personal relationships. 

Quite often clients will struggle to have even their basic personal care needs met in comfort, let alone be able to enjoy their home and relax their surroundings which many of us take for granted. 

Many people often think of accommodation and adaptations being on a large scale and something that only necessary for clients who have experienced life changing injuries. However, finding suitable accommodation and adapting it where necessary is a priority for most of my clients and in some cases, this can simply be adding ramps, handrails or a wet room facility. Its also important to remember that our client’s needs change over the course of their lifetime just like our own. Some will need to up and down size and as they go through the natural ageing process, their accommodation needs also change.   

Adaptations to a property can make a difference between a client being able to stay in their own home rather than needing to move into care. 

It can mean the difference between having their personal care needs met with dignity in a safe environment for both the clients and their carers. It can also be the difference in being able to have therapy delivered at home rather than in a clinical environment meaning the client can enjoy privacy and never has this been more important than to offer increased protection to vulnerable clients than during an international pandemic that none of us could have foreseen. 

It is most simplistic form, an adapted property can be life changing. It is therefore so important that we get it as right. Working with specialist architects who understand my clients specific needs is integral to this process. I've been fortunate throughout my career to work on many specialist housing and adaptation projects, however, I'm not an architect, project manager, occupational therapist or a builder and it's important that I recognise this. As a Deputy, I'm integral part of a team of specialists that support the client so that together we can deliver the end result. 

At the current time with the challenges that we face post COVID-19 pandemic, it's even more important than ever that we work with the right property specialists who can ensure that the project will run as smoothly as possible and who can deal with problems and issue promptly when they arise. With issues in the supply chain in respect of raw materials and also the labour market, it's essential that we are able to trust that due diligence is carried out by the project manager throughout and not just at the outset. This helps to ensure that we can deliver the project on time and on budget. 

It is one of the best parts of my job being able to hand over to my clients there finished home and knowing that they can move forward with their lives in comfort.

 

Shoosmiths have a large dedicated Court of Protection Team and can offer a full, professionally managed Deputyship service.

 

 

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