Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
A public body that not only fights fires! We are also targeting the most vulnerable people in their homes to offer then a Home Safety Check where we offer fire safety advice as well as looking to refer into other agencies to get additional support where required
- 29 August 2019
- East Midlands
- Emergency Services Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dementia Action Alliance , City of Leicester Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service along with other Fire and Rescues Services are a well-respected organisation that are looking to reduce the risk of accidental fires in people homes that may cause injuries or even death.
Working with our partner agencies locally and nationally we are able to identify the most vulnerable people that live in our community. Delivering education in many forms such as school visits or a personal visit in a person’s home to receive a Home Safety Checks (HSC) allows us to reach our mission of safer people safer places.
A Home Safety Check is tailored visit to the person in their home, taking a holistic approach on how that person lives in their home. Having this knowledge, we are able to deliver not only fire safety advice but also have the ability to refer onto other partner agencies to get additional support that the person needs to allow them to live longer and safer in their home.
Whoever delivers the HSC from Operational crews / community educators has the knowledge of the risks and causes of fire as well as having an understanding of Dementia through training that they have received where they have become a Dementia Friend.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We will continue to discover new challenges as we move forward with the following being of a main concern…
Ensuring that all of our staff have received the training and are regularly updated around the issues for people that have Dementia.
Being able to promote what we do as a Fire and Rescue Service to all of our partner agencies across the county.
The amount of demand that we will experience in the future due increasing numbers of people having Dementia
Maintaining and developing new links between us and partner agencies
Increasing the awareness of Dementia across all of the staff within LFRS
We will ensure that all staff have the option to access appropriate training, resources, opportuanties and are aware of local local activities.
To identify assistive technology that will reduce the risk within the home
Work with local partners to provide technology within the home and the NFCC group to discover new technology to reduce the risk
- Being implemented
To provide a Home Safety Check that is suitable and appropriate to reduce the risk of a person in their home.
To work with parner agencies to ensure that we are aware of the local support that is available and have a better understanding of our main subjects within the HSC. ( Fire / Falls / Warm Homes )
- Being implemented
IRaise awareness of the Home Safety Check within the communityBy engaging with local community groups
Signing up to the CFOA dementia pledge29/8/2019 - We have know succesfully signed up to this pledge
Work with partner agencies to raise awareness of our Home Safety Check
To offer and deliver awareness events to community groups and external partner agencies,highlighting the risks and dangers around fire and what we can do to reduce those risks