Care homes in the spotlight at major business seminar

20th March 2014

Law firm Furley Page organises event for one of the UK’s fastest-growing sectors

Faced with growing demand from an ageing population, financial pressures caused by a squeeze on council spending and the ever-increasing burden of new regulations, the care home sector has many challenges to deal with.

Health and care sector law is a complex and fast-changing area and has potentially serious implications for care home businesses. However, help is at hand at a seminar in Kent organised by leading law firm Furley Page.

The Business Update for Care Home Owners and Managers will be held on Thursday 1 May and is organised by Furley Page’s Health and Care team.

Partner and team leader Liz Brady said care home businesses faced many challenges. More than 10 million Britons are now aged over 65 and this is expected to have nearly doubled by 2050, leading to an expected surge in demand for residential care home places and fuelling the need for greater investment to keep pace with these demographic changes.

“In some cases their budgets may be under pressure as local authorities, a key source of income for the sector, are forced to reduce their social care funding as Government spending cuts continue to bite. As a result there have been some well-publicised closures of care home chains in recent years,” said Liz.

“Care home owners and managers also have to deal with hugely-complicated laws governing their businesses and this is where we can help. Our team of specialist lawyers has expert knowledge in the laws relevant to care homes and can advise on everything from start-ups to issues faced in day-to-day operation of your healthcare business, including expansion plans, and assisting with the selling, transfer or closure of a care home.”

The seminar will begin with Val Prosser, a Chartered Legal Executive with Furley Page, explaining how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 covers Powers of Attorney and Deputyship Orders, how these affect residents of care homes and the likely implications for care home management teams.

Ruth Dolan, a Chartered Financial Planner with Canterbury-based independent financial advisers Tarvos Wealth, will then outline how good financial planning can help residents of care homes and what this means for care home management teams.

After a brief coffee break, commercial legal advice on points to consider before thinking about buying or selling your care home will be examined by Liz Brady and her colleague, Solicitor Anthony Chester.

Finally, delegates will hear about employment law in relation to social media. Amanda Okill, Associate at Furley Page, will cover how this aspect of employment law impacts on a care home business and its employees.

The seminar will be held at AV Theatre at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, The Precincts, Canterbury. Registration is from 8am, with the seminar running from 8.30 to 11.30am. The event costs £36 per delegate, including VAT. Delegates arriving by car should use one of the city centre parks or the park and ride sites.

To book your place, contact Judy Sutunc at Furley Page on 01227 763939 or email js@furleypage.co.uk.

Notes to editors:

Furley Page Health and Care Team

The members of Furley Page’s Health and Care team specialise in various areas of law and have an in-depth understanding of the care home and healthcare sector. The team provides a range of services tailored to meet the needs of health and care sector businesses and are recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK for this legal expertise.

Tarvos Wealth

Tarvos Wealth is a trading name of Furley Page LLP. Furley Page LLP regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Furley Page LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. FCA reference 445614.

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