West Midlands Fire Service Raising Awareness of Dementia at Birmingham fun day

West Midlands Fire Service Raising Awareness of Dementia at Birmingham fun day

Keeping safe is important for everyone but it can be more of a concern when you have dementia, especially if you live alone. There are everyday risks around the home that dementia can make harder to deal with. Memory problems may lead to forgetting to turn gas or electric appliances off or becoming unsure as to how they work.

Alzheimer’s Society will be supporting West Midlands Fire Service at their Fun Day at Ward End Fire Station, 11am till 4pm on Saturday 29 July 2017.

Alzheimer’s Society works closely with the West Midlands Fire Service in helping to raise awareness of fire risks and makes direct referrals for their FREE ‘Safe and Well Visits’ in helping to reduce risks of fire in the home.

Carol Bowsher, Dementia Support Worker, for the Alzheimer’s Society’s Birmingham and Solihull office said: “We signpost and refer to a number of other local services in helping to provide a holistic support approach for people living with dementia and their carers. In addition to providing useful tips like keeping a list of emergency numbers and using registered engineers, the Safe and Well visits delivered by West Midlands Fire Service are able to look at individual needs and risk reduction. Participating in the Ward End Fire Service Fun Day is a great way to raise awareness of dementia and to discuss safety in the home.”

Alzheimer’s Society will be available throughout the day on the 29 July between 11am-4pm to offer advice and information on all aspects of understanding dementia, symptoms and types of support available, alongside other community and charitable organisations and regular demonstration from the fire service.

Watch Commander at Ward End Fire Station, Luke Roberts, highlighted the focus of the day and said: “The fun day will be a great opportunity for all members of both our community to meet our firefighting teams, experience exciting fire service displays and learn more about keeping safe from fire . There will also going to be a wide range of charities and community groups sharing their services, offering support and putting on activities. We hope that as many people as possible can join us as it promises to be a great day. We would also like to thank the Alzheimer’s Society for their continuing support for the work we do.”

To find out more about the Ward End Fun Day please contact 0121 380 7516 or visit [email protected]

For more information on Dementia Support Services within the Birmingham and Solihull area contact 0121 706 4052 or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.