Fire Service supports Dementia Awareness Week
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is supporting Dementia Awareness Week, which is running 15 – 21 May.
HWFRS in partnership with The Alzheimer's Society is encouraging residents to confront dementia this Dementia Awareness Week.
HWFRS are working alongside Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire's Dementia Advice Service to support the week in Bromsgrove and Kidderminster along with the Alzheimers Society and other voluntary organisations. This is an opportunity for people to drop in and chat to agencies who can help with concerns about memory loss and general information. The details of the events are as follows:
17 May at Amphlett Hall, Crown Close, Bromsgrove - 10:30am to 12:30pm
19 May at Kidderminster Town Hall, Vicar St, Kidderminster - 11.00am to 1:30pm
Ginnie Jaques, Services Manager for Alzheimer's Society in Herefordshire said: "One of the ways in which you can do this is taking onboard the Fire Service's advice around Home Fire Safety and applying this to the homes of those who have dementia. Dementia can be difficult to manage and cause confusion but help from the Alzheimer's Society or other organisations is always available."
Station Commander Alan Haley, Community Risk said: "Many people we see have dementia and can be extremely vulnerable, and with the growing ageing population, we felt it was important for key members of the team to have a greater understanding of dementia. To assist with this, several members of staff are in the process of completing an Award in Dementia".
He continued: "HWFRS identify those who are most at risk in their community and Fire crews and members of the Community Risk department carry out Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) in the homes of vulnerable people. A HFSC gives an opportunity to offer vital safety advice on subjects such as escape routes, electrical safety and smoke alarms. .
Station Commander Haley concluded: "Anyone who would like fire safety advice or would like to enquire as to whether they would qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check can contact the Community Risk department on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference NEWS. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible."
For more information please visit www.hwfire.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @HWFireSafety
Senior Community Risk Administrator