Mary* is an elderly lady with dementia, based in Northern Ireland, who was referred to Ruth Meyer when a dispute between family had to be resolved. It was agreed that Ruth would be appointed as a professional independent deputy.Ruth worked closely with Mary and the family members, as well as with the case manager, to ensure that Mary’s needs were met. We helped oversee a move to a new nursing home and ensured that Mary received items to make her life more interesting and stimulating, such as an iPad to help her stay in touch with family and to access music.Despite being based in Northern Ireland, we have maintained a good relationship with Northern Ireland’s Social Services so as to ensure a smooth transition between the nursing homes. We have also reviewed Mary’s financial assets which are in excess of £1 million to ensure sufficient funds meet Mary’s needs. Our main aim here is to ensure that Mary is well cared for and comfortable for the rest of her days.