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Find your Guardian Angel during Dementia Action Week

Guardian angel devices Published Monday, 21 May 2018

This week (week commencing 21 May) is Dementia Action Week.

Organised by the Alzheimer’s society Dementia Action Week aims to raise awareness and encourage people to take steps to help enhance the lives of those affected by Dementia.

Do you have a family member or a friend who is living with Dementia? Guardian Angels are devices used to support families and carers with loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

The devices may help if your loved one goes out and gets distressed, disorientated or lost. Lancashire Police are working alongside Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and other partners to promote these fantastic devices.

So how do they work? These devices come in the form of a wristband, badge, keyring or bag/zip tag. You simply attach one of the devices to an item of clothing, or a personal belonging, that the individual living with dementia regularly takes out with them. They are pre-programmed with the first name of the patient and the telephone number of their chosen emergency contact. This can be their carer, next of kin, or any other person who they trust.

Should they get lost or confused, any member of the public who has a mobile phone with short-range wireless connectivity – found on all smart phones NFC enabled – can hold their phone over the device and telephone the carer or loved one of the person with dementia. There is no need for members of the public to download any app to their phone - they simply need to hover their phone above the device.

The devices therefore enables the wearer to be reunited with their family as quickly as possible and with the least amount of distress.

To check whether an individual is eligible for a free Guardian Angel device email Julie Simpson or call 0800 169 1125.

Alternatively, for further information and to purchase a Guardian Angel device visit the Dementia Buddy website

To help raise awareness of those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s and to find out how you can show your support during Dementia Action Week please visit Alzheimer’s Society website

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