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Local Rotary Club makes donation to older adults with Dementia on the Fylde Coast

Posted on the 20th February 2017

More older adults with Dementia can live their lives independently thanks to a donation of Guardian Angel devices made by Blackpool Palatine Rotary Club.

The Guardian Angel devices have been designed to help to support families and carers with loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. These devices work to support people with the condition to live their life independently and also provide the families and friends with peace of mind that they can be found if they get lost. The devices are chipped and hold an emergency contact telephone number which can be accessed by a mobile phone particularly useful if person does not know their address.

Jim Scrivener a support worker within the Trust’s Fylde Coast Older Adults Community Mental Health Team had an idea to find a way in which would enable the team to be able to provide the service users with a device for free. Jim asked his local rotary club for a donation, to which they kindly provided £150 worth of Guardian Angel devices.

Jim Scrivener, Support Worker for the Fylde Coast Older Adults Community Mental Health Team at Lancashire Care said:

“When I first became involved in the Dementia Buddy Scheme I realised what a good project this was however I realised there was a cost implication in supplying the devices. I thought it would be easier if I could source funding for some devices as I am aware of the financial restraints the National Health Service is under at the moment. I approached my local Rotary Club, of which I am a member, and asked if they would make a donation to purchase some devices.  I am pleased to say they agreed whole heartedly.”

Gail Williams President of Blackpool Palatine Rotary Club said:

“Blackpool Palatine Rotary Club are so pleased to have made a donation for the provision of Guardian Angel Devices. Dementia is an ever growing problem and the Dementia Guardian Angel Scheme illustrates how modern technology helps ease the worry of loved ones being at risk of wandering.”

The Guardian Angel devices include wristbands, keyrings, pin badges and bag tags as people with Dementia often pick up and wear the same hat, bag or coat and these devices can be attached to any.