Herbert''s Safety Net - Staying Independent for Longer


Environment can be a huge benefactor in the treatment of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Not only can environments bring a sense of calm to what can be a world of confusion for those living with dementia, but that are also engaging. Companies like New Visions, who are exhibiting at Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo, are able to meticulously craft environments that are familiar to people living with dementia and bring a real sense of belonging with them. With the nature of Dementia and Alzheimer's, the question of one’s independence is a hurdle all must cross eventually, but with a protocol being championed by Alzheimer’s Society, conquering this hurdle has been made a lot less daunting than before.

The Herbert Protocol is a free and incredibly easy step that is being encouraged to be taken by Alzheimer’s Society. The initiative involves a simple form that collates essential information about the person living with dementia in case they wander off, putting themselves in danger in the process. By smoothing out the process of looking and bringing someone to safety Rob Moore, the Director of Home Instead Senior Care Doncaster, says that 'It provides reassurance to families and is a safety blanket that allows people to keep their independence longer.'

This free protocol is a fantastic way for people to enjoy the wider environment, keeping their independence for longer with the added safety net the initiative provides. Heart-warming and high profile adventures like the two care home residents in Germany who took a day to go enjoy Wacken Open Air, a heavy metal festival, stand as a reminder that environment can be a huge driving factor for individuals, and often a true game changer in dementia care.

Having partnered with Alzheimer’s Society, the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo plays host to 100 seminars, including CQC and Alzheimer’s Society. Whilst 300 suppliers will concentrate on the latest in dementia care. Discussions will be led by the likes of Director of wrdunn. Architecture Martin Smith as he distils his considerable knowledge about care home design from both fresh build and renovation perspectives. Sue Brewin of the Alzheimer’s Society is currently exploring the impact of environment across health and social care, and her seminar will look into building stronger relationships between care providers and the families of people living with dementia.

Alongside the seminars, companies like Edmund Williams, Integrated Architecture and Find Memory Care will all be found offering insights and services for building and renovating the best environments possible for people living with dementia. Alongside them,  Alzheimer’s Society will be present offering the best advice and information about everything regarding safe and engaging environments for dementia patients.

Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo is free to attend with tickets readily available from the link at the top of the page. If you wish to exhibit at the event do not hesitate to get in contact with Nick Woore on 0117 990 2197 or at nick.woore@prysmgroup.co.uk