Health and Social Care: Representing the needs of vulnerable clients

Written by: Keoghs Solicitors

Date: 23rd April 2015

Our Health and Social Care Law team have accepted instructions from a concerned mother on behalf of her disabled son, who is resident at a care home which is unsuitable to meet his substantial needs.

Our client suffers from autism, severe learning difficulties, limited mobility and he is registered blind. His various health issues and disabilities interact in a complex manner. On any analysis he is highly vulnerable.

Our experienced team are keen to assist any individual or family encountering difficulties with a Local Authority who place loved ones in short or long term residential accommodation which is unsuitable for them. Even in circumstances where a placement is on an interim basis, unsuitable accommodation and care sometimes leads to a deterioration in an individual’s already precarious health.

In such circumstances we will usually adopt a firm but cooperative approach with the relevant Local Authority but in the absence of a satisfactory response it may be necessary to issue Judicial Review proceedings in the High Court.

Our solicitors are instructed on behalf of a number of clients who suffer from autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and learning disabilities.

One major problem in the current era of funding cuts is that many care providers provide regular care but with different people on different days.   Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome sufferers often enjoy the comfort of routine and familiarity and constant turnover of changeable staff is traumatic and disturbing for them.

Our aims are often to ensure the care provider acknowledges the individual needs of our clients and cares for them in a way that puts them at ease rather than causes them distress.

If you wish to contact our team then please telephone on 0161 928 9321.

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