During October, Stepping Stones organised two sessions of dementia training. The aim of such training is to help businesses, clubs, churches and other community groups to be able to give better support, in small ways, to people with dementia. The course lasts for just an hour and is very straight forward. If you would like to attend such an event in the future please do contact:
Throughout the year people with dementia are found lost and confused not remembering where they live or who they are. It is distressing for everyone, and something that families of people living with dementia worry about happening.
Carers are now able to get a safety bracelet (pictured), for a person with dementia living at home in Broadstone.
If you see a person lost and confused and wearing a bracelet like this, gently ask to see it. There will be a telephone number engraved on it and a numeric code. Please note these. The telephone number is the Poole Lifeline service operating 24/7 throughout the year. Please telephone and give the numeric code. This will identify the person and Poole Lifeline service will contact the person’s carer.
A new scheme for Broadstone was launched at the recent Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch AGM during Dementia Awareness Week – the Home Safely Scheme. Throughout the year some people living with Dementia are found lost and confused not remembering where they live or who they are. If you are a Carer and this is a concern for you then this scheme may help you and the person for whom you are caring.
Thanks to donations in memory of Jack Miller and Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch, Stepping Stones (a Broadstone Dementia Project) has been able to purchase a number of safety bracelets. Each bracelet is supplied with a unique PIN number and Poole Lifeline’s telephone number. Poole Lifeline will hold the Carer’s contact details and information relating to the person with dementia and when telephoned and given the unique PIN number will contact the named Carer(s) and if necessary police/emergency services. A £30 ‘one-off payment’ is payable to Poole Lifeline but will currently be covered by the Better Care Fund.
As a High Street firm of solicitors serving the whole of the Poole Bournemouth conurbation my firm aims to provide the whole community with whatever legal advice support and assistance it may need. Given that there are estimated to be at least 5000 people living in Poole and Bournemouth with Dementia of varying types, they, their loved ones and their families are all likely to need legal services. Indeed it is believed that two thirds of these people are still living in the community. So for my firm it was an absolute no brainer to ensure that all of our reception team (as well as all staff in our specialist Wills and Probate department) at our 5 offices received training via the Alzheimer’s Society to become Dementia Friends a couple of years ago.
Broadstone Stepping Stones Project was launched following a very well attended conference at Broadstone Methodist Church in May 2014. Keynote speakers were Jeremy Hughes, CE of the Alzheimer’s Society and former Health and Care Minister, Paul Burstow. Presentations were also given from local health and voluntary organisations. The theme of the Conference was how could Broadstone work towards becoming a dementia friendly community.
Following the Conference a Steering Group was set up with representatives from key organisations in the community. A mission statement was drawn up and agreed.