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Police Partner with Care Homes to Safeguard People with Dementia

Dementia Care Homes

Superintendent Dave Sutherland, T/Inspector Phil Spencer, Alishia Calvert, PCSO Jane Gibson, Hayley Rowland, Andrew Ball, Julie Peyton, Alison Corner, PCC Barry Coppinger and Liz Whalen

Cleveland Police has teamed up with local care homes to provide a safe haven for missing people with dementia.

Reuben Manor nursing home in Eaglescliffe, Willow View Residential Care Centre in Stockton and Roseberry Court in Redcar are now registered with Cleveland Police as a place of safety for those living with dementia.

This is in addition to the Forces’ Herbert Protocol, which encourages carers, families, friends and neighbours of those with dementia to hold information about the person with dementia which could help the police find them if they go missing.

There are currently more than 34,000 people across the North East living with dementia and over recent months work has been ongoing to highlight dementia awareness across the Force.

Temporary Inspector Phil Spencer said: “If officers come across a person living with dementia who has been reported missing from home, lost, confused, disorientated or they are unable to identify them, the care homes will act as a safe haven for them.

“We recognise that taking someone with dementia to a care home is much better than being taken into a police station.

“This is a wonderful partnership which will help us to protect vulnerable people living with dementia. This scheme will allow officers to make essential enquiries to find out who a person is or where they are missing from, safe in the knowledge that they are in the best place possible being looked after by care home staff.” 

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “A lot of excellent dementia friendly work has already been done within the PCC office and Cleveland Police since we joined the Dementia Action Alliance last year.

“This scheme will allow police to work with specialist carers in the community to help reduce trauma for the person with dementia and to ensure thorough investigations take place in order to reunite them with their family.”

 

Posted on Monday 6th February 2017
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