Working to become Dementia friendly
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has become the first organisation in North Wales to receive official recognition as ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly’ as part of a national programme to facilitate the creation of dementia-friendly communities across the UK.
People with dementia may be at an increased risk of fire due to lack of concentration, short-term memory, forgetfulness and confusion about how to use equipment. They may find it more difficult to escape or understand what is happening if a fire occurs.
The Service has demonstrated a commitment to working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to help those living with dementia. By ensuring staff have a good understanding of the problems faced by people with dementia and having an active referral system in place, they can help take supportive action to make a real difference to the safety of people living with dementia.
A number of staff members have attended dementia awareness sessions to gain a better understanding of dementia and how they can support individuals with the condition. These sessions will be rolled out across the service to ensure that consideration for people with dementia is included in all processes and procedures.
During a home safety check, should Fire and Rescue Service staff encounter an individual who could benefit from advice from the Alzheimer’s Society, they would be referred to them. The Alzheimer’s Society can also refer clients who would benefit from a home safety check to the Fire and Rescue Service so as to keep them as safe as possible in their home.