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Posted 02/07/2015


Guests enjoyed wine and canapés on a summer evening at Wentworth Court Nursing Home before attending a talk on some of the financial and legal issues affecting those living with dementia (on Thursday 4 June.)

Representatives from Gloucestershire businesses, Willans LLP solicitors and Neil Gayler & Co spoke about legal protection in older age and care funding options at the event hosted by Cheltenham’s first dementia-only nursing home on Village Road, Cheltenham.

Manager of Wentworth Court, Carol Ball said: “With the Alzheimer’s Society estimating that one million people will be affected by dementia by 2025, it is relevant for any of us to think ahead about managing our legal affairs should our capacity diminish over time as well as make plans to finance any future care needs.

“We were delighted to welcome local people to our home, and benefit from the expertise of the speakers who provided professional insights and helped with demystifying the implications of the 2014 Care Act.”

Neil Gayler, an accredited with the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA), discussed what the 2014 Care Act really means for individuals and provided an insight into the different options available for funding care home fees. Neil is Cheltenham’s only SOLLA-accredited Later Life Specialist Adviser and one of only three such accredited Independent Financial Advisers in Gloucestershire.

Nick Southwell, Simon Cook and Rachel Taylor from Willans LLP solicitors addressed the pitfalls of not having your personal affairs in order, powers of attorney and how to understand deputyships and Court of Protection applications. Simon and Rachel are both members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), experts who are, by definition, the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates. They have over 25 years’ combined experience in looking after elderly and vulnerable people including those with dementia.

Head of wills, probate & trusts at Willans, Simon Cook, said: “We are often approached by families to put something in place once a diagnosis has been made but unfortunately a lot of the time we are past the point when something can happen other than dealing with the Court of Protection. This can be a long-winded and expensive route. Tonight’s event was a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance for getting personal affairs in place to safeguard for the future.”

Wentworth Court opened in May and offers long-term nursing, respite and day care for people living with dementia. For more information or to book a visit, please go to

Photo caption: (L to R) Simon Cook (Willans), Miranda Hawkes (Willans), Neil Gayler (Neil Gayler & Co), Rachel Taylor (Willans), Mitesh Dhanak (managing director of Wentworth Court), Carol Ball (home manager of Wentworth Court), Nick Southwell (Willans) and Elspeth Thomson (Willans).

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