This Dementia Action Week (15 May-21 May 2023), Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are encouraging people to reach out and seek support.

Many people think that forgetting things is a natural part of getting older, but the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week campaign exists to change this perception. It’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill, and there are many ways that healthcare providers and community organisations can help.

As part of their Dementia Safeguarding Scheme, AF&RS – alongside other emergency service partners – have created a wristband to help protect and safeguard those vulnerable people with dementia in our society. AF&RS continue to offer these life-saving wristbands as a part of a Home Fire Safety Visit.

If you feel that you, a family member or someone you care for would benefit from a wristband and you live within the Service area then contact us to arrange a visit. These bands are free of charge and a visit can be booked by visiting our Home Fire Safety Visit page or by calling Avon Fire & Rescue Service on 0117 926 2061.

Nikki Rice, Prevention and Protection Manager, said: “We are passionate about improving our services not only for those with dementia, but everyone living in our community.

“I’d encourage anyone concerned about a family member, loved one, or someone you care for, to get in touch with us today. A person does not need to have a diagnosis of dementia for us to issue a wristband, if you have a concern, we will provide the life-saving wristbands to those in need.”

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of dementia such as memory loss, confusion, personality changes or similar, contact your GP in the first instance for support. You can also access support through the Alzheimer's Society here