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Dementia Support Service

Alert message sent 11/08/2020 10:15:00

Information sent on behalf of Beds Fire & Rescue Service

Last year, a pioneering service in Bedford borough was launched to support people living with dementia and their carers. In August, the Dementia Support service will have successfully run for its first year.

The service is delivered by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) in partnership with local organisations. It is available to anyone living in their own home in Bedford Borough who has dementia, cares for someone with dementia or who is over 65 and worried about their memory.

Supported by funding from Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the Service provides advice and guidance on fire safety in the home. This may include a free installation of safety equipment such as smoke alarms.

The visit also includes a falls risk assessment, delivered by specially trained staff. The visit may include home security and crime prevention advice and discussions about ongoing help and support which may lead to a referral to other organisations.

Ian Howarth, BFRS Partnership Development Manager, said: “Evidence shows that people who have a cognitive disorder such as dementia are more at risk of injury from a fire in the home.

"This is especially true where other factors are present such as being over 65 years old, mobility difficulties, living alone, smoking or alcohol use. We are really pleased to be able to offer this service to help those living with dementia be safer and more secure in their own home.”

The Service can be accessed by referral from any health or social care professional including your GP and those in voluntary sector organisations who currently support you. For example, if you currently receive support from Tibbs in Bedford, Carers in Bedfordshire or East London Foundation Trust Memory Assessment Service, you can request to be referred for a home safety check and they will help you.

Any Fire and Rescue staff who attend your home to provide the service are following current guidelines on social distancing and they will be wearing face masks.

People can also self-refer if they have dementia, are a carer or even if they do not have a diagnosis, but do have memory problems. For self-referrals to the service or to be sent an information leaflet in English, Polish, Punjabi, Italian or Bangladeshi call 0333 399 0031.
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Val Cumberland (Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Communications and Engagement Manager, Bedfordshire)

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