A free identification bracelet is now available to help residents in Dorset who have problems with their memory.
The ‘Home Safety’ bracelet, available from the county council, will help emergency services identify someone if they become lost or confused and forget where they live. The bracelet contains a metal plaque engraved with a community alarm phone number, and a unique pin number that will enable police or health workers to contact the person’s carer.
Carers are encouraged to join the scheme, giving their contact details and the name and home address of the person with dementia. The details are then held on a database shared with only emergency services – no information is shared with other agencies or the public.
Anyone with dementia is entitled to a bracelet. It looks like a watch strap and is adjustable, but cannot be removed by the wearer.
Around 14,000 people in Dorset have serious memory loss problems and the bracelet could provide a vital safety net to those who have lost the confidence to venture out on their own.
Most people with dementia want to stay in their home for as long as possible. A Home Safely bracelet helps provide peace of mind to their carer knowing that should they get lost, their contact details are registered.
One in three of us are, or will be, affected by dementia – either as carers of someone close to us, or having the illness ourselves.
We are working in partnership with local communities to develop innovative ways to enable people with dementia to take part in everyday activities and maintain their independence for as long as possible."
Council Cabinet member for adult social care