New scheme to help keep dementia patients safe

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Essex Police have launched a new initiative to help find vulnerable people with dementia if they go missing.

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Developed in partnership with Health and Social Care organisations and Alzheimer’s Society, the scheme encourages carers to record useful information which can be used if a person with dementia goes missing.

Wandering and getting lost is common among people with dementia and can happen at any stage of the disease. They will often wonder with a purpose, for example, looking for old home addresses or places of work.

To help find a person in the event that they go missing, Essex Police have created a form which asks a number of useful questions that can aid in the search. Detailed and up-to-date information can help police make decisive and timely actions that can help locate a person quickly.

The form questions cover topics which can help locate a person including photos, daily routines, previous home addresses, places of particular interest or significance, (previous) employment and level of mobility.

There are also questions which cover their medical conditions such as what medication they use and the likely consequences are of not taking it, phobias and potential reactions to stressful situations.

Family members or carers should regularly review and update the form to ensure that the police have all the latest and relevant information that could help find a person who goes missing. 

You can download the form by visiting the Essex Police website. The police will only ask for the form, or information in the form, if the person is reported missing.

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings who lived with dementia.

 

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