Health and care advice from experienced solicitors
Wrigleys represent many elderly, disabled and otherwise vulnerable people in their efforts to secure care services from social services departments and the NHS.
Preventing and resolving disputes in health and social care
Wrigleys are specialists in helping people to obtain the services they need and represent them when problems arise.
Caring for people and cutting services - a recipe for error
Public authorities must balance their legal duties to meet the needs of vulnerable people against a chronic lack of funds to do this well. The result is that community care decisions may be borderline, unfair or wrong. Our advice is, don't just accept what you are told.
Our most common queries concern:
- Eligibility for NHS continuing care.
- Disputes over the means testing of residential care.
- Should a relative stay at home or go into residential care?
- Should we be paying this care fees top up?
- Direct payments are just not enough to meet needs.
- Councils cutting services.
- Guidance for those wanting to navigate the system.
Effective challenges at a sensible and proportionate cost
There are relatively inexpensive ways of challenging decisions using the appropriate complaints and dispute resolution procedures.
We know that community care decisions are of the greatest significance in the lives of vulnerable people, their carers and relatives and Wrigleys are dedicated to providing effective and cost efficient legal advice and representation.
Wrigleys operate a specialist, high level advice and representation legal service in health and social services law aimed at advising on and resolving difficult issues.
Wrigleys have not sought and do not have a Legal Aid contract and therefore cannot provide you with advice under the Legal Aid scheme. The Legal Aid Agency has helpful advice and information on funding and finding a Legal Aid adviser on the Government website.
There are many sources of general advice including the Citizens Advice Bureau and charities such as Age Concern or the Alzheimers Society. In addition, since April 2015 local authorities have an obligation to commission an information service relating to social care and also a free advocacy service for people who have difficulty expressing their needs within the council care system. Details are available from your council.
‘I would like to thank you for all your help over the past few years resulting in a victory that I began to think would never be achievable. To have succeeded in our battle against Sheffield CCG was an extraordinary conquest and has made a huge difference to my father, who now does not worry about his own care costs.’
‘Excellent team, very knowledgeable and most importantly approachable. Everyone within the team has the clients’ best interests at heart and that shines through. In particular Tracy Sladen is very engaging and the feedback from her clients and interactions with members of my team is excellent.'
Legal 500 (2022)