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Dementia wristbands used in Avon and Somerset reach the 1,000 mark

MORE than 1,000 wearable tech wristbands have now been handed out as part of the Avon and Somerset Dementia Safeguarding Scheme, launched last year in collaboration with the Senior Citizen Liaison Team charity.

Using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the wristband stores essential information about the wearer, including their name and details of next of kin.

This information can be used by emergency services, health professionals or community members to get the wearer back to safety should they be found while lost or confused.

There are still plenty of wristbands available to the public and care homes, free of charge, thanks to charitable funding.

Sgt Stuart King, who leads the initiative in addition to his role as a response officer, said “I have been overwhelmed with the positive attention and wider support this scheme has received from the public.

“To hear the positive feedback and reassurance that the scheme brings to families and the people living with Dementia makes it all worthwhile.”

To apply for a wristband, visit the Dementia Safeguarding Scheme (also known as the Herbert Protocol): https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/forms/dss

Further support for families affected by dementia is available at the Avon and Somerset Dementia Forum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Avon-and-Somerset-Dementia-Forum-223932471281955

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