A new missing person's protocol for people living with Dementia has been launched in Blaenau Gwent.
The 'Herbert Protocol' (named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with Dementia) asks carers, family members and friends to complete a form, recording all vital details about their loved one such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc. This information can then be shared quickly with the relevant agencies should their loved one be reported as missing.
Nothing is more worrying or distressing than when a loved one or friend goes missing or doesn't return home when expected. For people living with or caring for someone with Dementia, this may be quite common. The Herbert Protocol encourages care homes, carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about the person with dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing.
Detective Sergeant Stephanie Blakemore who is developing the scheme for Gwent Police said: "Research into dementia shows that those who are suffering with this condition will often re-visit places they used to be familiar with many years ago. I am hopeful that this new scheme will allow us to provide a quicker and more effective service, not only to the individuals but also to the families of those suffering with this condition."
If you have a loved one living with Dementia and would like to take part in the scheme, please contact your local Community Support Officer.