Fire service in new link to help elderly residents

PUBLISHED: 14:12 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:12 17 December 2014

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Home Instead Senior Care.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Home Instead Senior Care.

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A Budleigh-based care provider has teamed up with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to create a stronger community support network for the elderly.

Carers working for Home Instead Senior Care have been issued with special ID cards by the fire service to assist with their visits to the elderly, during which they carry out safety checks including checking smoke alarms.

This is part of a link which will also see Home Instead training firefighters in how to respond to people with dementia.

Keith Denning, crew commander at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service headquarters said: “We are really pleased to partner with Home Instead Senior Care. The well-being of the elderly is a top priority for both the fire service and Home Instead, and together, we are doing our best to make sure that we provide safety checks for them in a manner that is easy and convenient.”

The purpose of the cards is to make booking home safety visits for Home Instead’s elderly clients simple and easy.

Home Instead owner Mark McGlade said feedback from the fire service had been very positive.

He added: “Working with the local fire service is a fantastic way for us to ensure that our elderly clients feel safe in their own homes.

“Knowing that the fire service has the best interest of our clients in mind, gives us great confidence and the cards are a great demonstration of their support.

“We are also looking forward to providing the fire service with free training in dementia awareness over the course of the year.

“It’s a win-win scenario for everyone involved and we welcome the opportunity to work with the public and voluntary sector services to join in our mission to keep our elderly as safe as possible in their own homes.”

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