How we're becoming dementia friendly
Prime Minister’s Champion Group
KFRS Director of Operations Sean Bone-Knell is the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) dementia lead and sits on the Prime Minister’s Champions group. In 2017 Sean was able to bring together the NFCC, National Police Chief Council and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives to sign the joint strategic commitment to work towards being dementia friendly organisations.
In Kent, KFRS brought together the Kent emergency services to sign the commitment at a county level in 2017.
Daren Mochrie, Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), Ann Millington, Chief Executive, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), and Alan Pughsley, Chief Constable, Kent Police.
KFRS has been recognised for its work to support people living with dementia
- In 2017 the Kent Dementia Action Alliance awarded KFRS the Kent Emergency Services Sector Champions award.
- Also in 2017 Dementia Friendly Kent awarded KFRS the Dementia Friendly Organisation Company Award for organisations that have actively made a difference for people affected by dementia.
KFRS with the Dementia Friendly Organisation Company Award
Annual talks to Dementia Café’s, Peer Support groups, and Post Diagnostic groups in Kent & Medway are carried out to promote the free Safe and Well Visits. During the visits our officers not only look at fire safety but also around the person’s health and wellbeing. Referrals are often made to other organisations and charities.
KFRS has provided dementia training for all of our home safety officers and firefighters to enable them to understand and recognise dementia in their day to day work. A Kent resident living with dementia was also involved in this training and plays an important of part on how our staff deliver Safe and Well visits.
Supporting rural communities
It was identified that rural communities of Shepway found it difficult to access their memory services. New Romney fire station was highlighted as a possible venue to host a drop-in clinic. Partners now attend every 3 months so that the community can access help with memory services, admiral nurse, Alzheimer’s Society, KFRS home safety services, KCC wardens, Carers support.
KFRS is a member of the Kent ‘Managing Wandering’ tasking group formed by Kent Police. Recently Kent Police asked KFRS for help in finding a man in his 70s who was reported missing in Thanet. A fire crew spotted the man walking along a street within two hours of him being reported missing. Please find the form here.
How can you support people living with dementia?
People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia - from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia. We’re looking to help promote the network of Dementia Friends, and you can get involved in two ways - by becoming a Dementia Friends Champion or becoming a Dementia Friend.