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Safely Home program assists Alzheimer patients and their families

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Safely HomeTM is a nationwide program designed to help locate an individual with Alzheimer disease who has wandered and assist in the safe return home.

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Safely HomeTM is a nationwide program designed to help locate an individual with Alzheimer disease who has wandered and assist in the safe return home.

The program was developed in 1995 by the Alzheimer Society of Canada in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The registry stores vital information confidentially on the police CPIC database. All information that is completed on the Safely Home registration form is entered into the CPIC system. This information can be accessed by police anywhere in Canada. The database ensures that any registered person who has been identified as missing/lost will benefit from immediate access of personal information.

When someone with Alzheimer disease becomes lost, finding them quickly is the key to preventing tragedy.

Once registered, the individual will receive an identification bracelet and identification cards. Annual updates are made to the registrant’s file. Any individual with Alzheimer disease will benefit from being registered with Safely Home. Wandering is a common symptom of Alzheimer disease and through registration with Safely Home, protective measures will be in place if the individual wanders in the future.

Registration with the Safely Home Program is voluntary. However, many individuals living with Alzheimer disease, along with their family members, are not aware that this program exists.

Now, thanks to new federal funding, the Alzheimer Society of Canada is launching a series of initiatives aimed at increasing public awareness. This new funding has enabled the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador to hire a staff person dedicated to provide provincial training sessions to Search and Rescue personnel, such as RCMP and local police, and to organizations caring for people with Alzheimer disease, such as long-term care facilities.

One of the goals of the project is to ensure that as many people as possible are registered in the program. There are approximately 100 people currently registered with the Safely Home program in Newfoundland and Labrador, but there is an estimated 6,150 individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer disease in the province.

For more information on the Safely Home program, email the provincial office of the Alzheimer Society or call toll free (877) 776.0608.



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