The Safely Home initiative encourages people living with dementia to register their details with the program to be logged in-confidence with a Queensland Police Service database.
An identifying bracelet is then assigned to the person and is engraved with a unique identifying code, which links directly to a database accessible by police at all times. It is also engraved with the PoliceLink telephone number, which any member of the public can ring.
The program, which was launched in April, was recognised last week at the QPS Awards for Excellence.
The bracelets are available at no cost to people with a diagnosis of dementia through Alzheimer’s Australia Qld.
Alzheimer’s Australia Qld CEO Victoria Beedle said people with dementia have an increased risk of becoming a missing person and the program was focused on ensuring people with dementia make it home safely if they become lost or disorientated.
To register for the Safely Home program, or to find out more information call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
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