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Safe and Well - Living with dementia

Safe and Well - Are you living with dementia?

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Top tips for living safely with dementia:

  • Make sure the kitchen is safe – read our booklet to support with further information to avoid fires and accident in the kitchen.
  • Avoid using candles or open fires.
  • Using a kitchen timer is a good way of helping people to remember that something is cooking or to take medication.
  • Good lighting throughout the home makes a difference - Dim or poor lighting can make a person with dementia feel “closed in”.
  • Labelling plug switches with instructions is very helpful such as ‘Do not switch off’ or ‘Do switch off at night’.

Get more help and support to living a safer life with dementia.

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Please follow our simple STEPS to feel ‘Safe and Well’:

  • S is for SLIPS – Are there potential tripping hazards like lose carpets or misplaced cables?
  • T is for TEST – Is the smoke alarm working? Check this weekly. Do the batteries need replacing?
  • E is for ELECTRICS – Can you spot any hazards like overloaded sockets?
  • P is for POTS AND PANS – Does the oven or hob need a clean to reduce risk of a fire in the kitchen?
  • S is for SMOKING – If you smoke, always fully stub out cigarettes.

   

 

Please book a Free Safe and Well Visit – call our Safe and Well Visit team on 0800 923 7000 during normal office hours or send an email home@kent.fire-uk.org. or complete our form and we’ll contact you.

Our home safety officers or firefighters will visit your home at a time convenient for you, and together with you will tailor the visit to suit your needs and the type of property you live in. A typical free visit takes around 45 minutes and includes the fitting of free smoke alarms where necessary, as well as vital advice to help you stay safe and well.

Please note: our staff always carry official identification and you can contact us to check that they are a genuine employee of Kent Fire and Rescue Service.   

 

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