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Dementia safety first

Helping people affected by dementia live more safely in their homes

People with dementia or memory problems are in the highest group of risk of injury from a fire related incident in the home.  We are working with local dementia services to support people with dementia to live safely in their homes.

What can Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service help with?

  1. In order to help carers and people with dementia recognise and deal with potential hazards in the home we can;
  2. Undertake a home fire safety assessment and provide free equipment including smoke alarms to keep you safe
  3. Help you plan how to make your way to safety in the event of a fire
  4. Provide a personal welfare check and a check on how you can keep warm safely in winter
  5. Give advice on safety issues on cooking, smoking and doorstep security
  6. Refer to other organisations who can help you live and move around your home safely

What happens once you contact us?

                We will;

  1. Arrange for a home safety advisor to make an appointment to visit you in your home
  2. Spend as much time as you need to help us to understand your situation and surroundings
  3. Ask your permission to keep your information on file and share with partners where appropriate. This could be to fit safety rails or other safety equipment
  4. Provide you with safety information and advice
  5. Follow up with you if needed

How do I get a referral?

You can self-refer to the service if you;

  1. Live with someone who has a diagnosis of dementia
  2. Are over 65 and living with someone who does not have a dementia diagnosis but is concerned about their memory

Contact us on 0333 300 0031 or email us at safeandwell@bedsfire.gov.uk

If you are worried about someone who is concerned about their memory you should encourage them to go to their GP.

For further information, or for information in different languages, please click on our resources below:

You might also find this information useful; https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/diagnosis-and-next-steps/caring-from-a-distance/

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