A FIRE BRIGADE has become the latest organisation to join the drive for Stockton to become a more dementia-friendly community.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has successfully registered with the Dementia Friendly Stockton project and has committed to training its staff to be aware of dementia and how they can best assist a person who is living with the condition.
The Dementia Friendly Stockton project is working with local businesses and other organisations to help them deliver their services in a way that is accessible to and inclusive of people living with dementia.
John Rafferty, Integrated Services Manager at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Many Brigade employees visit vulnerable members of society in their own homes on a daily basis. It is important that Cleveland Fire Brigade staff receive the necessary training to enable them to identify residents and their carers who require additional support. To this end we have undertaken Dementia awareness training with our advocates and home fire safety officers.
“This training has enabled the staff to identify issues faced by those living with dementia and given them practical solutions to help people living with dementia remain included in their communities.”
To ensure consistency and the on-going development of staff, a training programme will be put in place to ensure all front line staff, both operational and corporate, receive training and advice on dementia.
John added: “As an employer we know we will have staff who will develop dementia or will have family members who have dementia. We are keen to ensure that staff and their families are receiving the support from the Brigade.
“All Fire and Rescue Services have pledged to become Dementia Friendly and here at Cleveland Fire brigade we feel we have taken the 1st steps to honour this pledge.”
Fifteen local organisations have already signed up to become more dementia friendly. Organisations that join the Dementia Friendly Stockton project will display the ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ symbol to show their commitment.
Chair of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project, Peter Otter explained “’It’s great that we already have so many local organisations committed to becoming more dementia friendly.
“Staff at Cleveland Fire Brigade regularly come into contact with people living with dementia and being able to better understand the ways the condition can affect a person will help them deliver the best service.
“We will hopefully see many more local organisations following their example.”
To find out which organisations have committed to becoming more dementia friendly and how your organisation can join the project please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.dementiafriendlystockton.co.uk