ANGELA RIPPON has backed Humberside Fire and Rescue Service in their pledge to help keep people with dementia safe.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has joined others around the UK to sign up to a pledge to improve the safety of people with dementia.
The initiative is part of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge to help build dementia friendly communities that is being led by the Alzheimer’s Society and TV presenter Angela Rippon, whose mother died with dementia in 2009.
Angela Rippon OBE, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador and co-chair of the PM’s challenge group, said: “We are delighted that fire and rescue services such as Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have agreed to be part of this important initiative.
There are about 800,000 people in the UK with dementia and with greater awareness we can all help ensure they can live a safe and happy life. Fire and Rescue services already make a huge difference by providing practical safety advice to people with dementia and their carers.
By signing this pledge Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is taking a further step towards providing peace of mind for carers, improving the safety of people with dementia and helping them stay secure and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.”
The pledge includes helping to ensure families and carers are aware of potential fire risks, raising awareness of free home safety visits and advice and encouraging other local organisations to become involved in building dementia friendly communities.
Chris Blacksell, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The effects of fire can be devastating for families, but with advice and support we can help people make small changes that make a big difference to their safety. The Prime Minister’s dementia challenge is a great opportunity to work towards creating safer communities for those with dementia, and signing the pledge helps us show our commitment to do just that.”
National research conducted in 2010/11 suggests that people over 60 are four times more likely to die in a fire than those under 30. This rises to ten times more likely for over 80s. Impairment, disability and dementia are a substantial factor in increasing someone’s risk of injury or death from fire in the home.