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Fire Service Launches New Leaflet to Mark Dementia Action Week

Date : 17 May 2019


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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is working with local organisations as part of its commitment  to Dementia Action Week (20 - 26 May 2019).

Today sees the launch of the new fire and home safety leaflet for people living with Dementia and their family and friends.

As part of the Fire Service commitment to support people living with Dementia, we have updated and revised the  advice leaflet  for people living with Dementia, and their families and friends.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Andrews said:

“Dementia is a known factor in many of the incidents we attend – and can also impact on the family and friends of our staff. That’s why we are really pleased to be working  with local organisations and care providers to launch this new safety leaflet’’.

The launch took place at Chanctonbury Healthcare in Alfriston, kindly hosted by Kate Russell, Marketing Manager with the support of all the staff on site. The new booklet is full of useful tips that may help to make a person with dementia safer in their home; and was a result of collaboration with Chanctonbury Healthcare, the Wealden Dementia Action Alliance, local GP Surgeries and the Fire Service Safe and Well Advisors.

In East Sussex over 25% of the population are aged over 65 years of age, compared to 18% nationally, which reflects the increased prevalence of Dementia in our area. Although Dementia should not be seen as a disease of old age, the prevalence does increase as people get older.

We are grateful to all the contributions to the leaflet from the Dementia Action Alliance, Julie Barnett who works with GP surgeries in Lewes to support people living with Dementia, and Annie Paige, Fire Service Safe and Well Advisor who makes regular home safety visits to  people living with Dementia.

The leaflet  can be downloaded via the website www.esfrs.org/dementiafriendly  or by to order a paper copy please email sophie.hepworth@esfrs.org

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