Caring for dementia patients with the Herbert Protocol

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It’s a worrying and distressing time, when someone you know with dementia goes missing.

Essex Police and other police services across the country have adopted a national scheme known as The Herbert Protocol, to help police find them as soon as possible.

The scheme encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about the person with dementia, that can help the police find them if they do go missing.

Information about the person should include medication, description, photograph, significant places on the person’s life and their daily routine, and be recorded on a form. This form should be stored safely and securely either in electronic format or a printed version.

The form can be downloaded or printed from the Essex Police website The police will only ask for the form, or the information in the form, if the person is reported missing. The information will help find the missing person as quickly as possible and return them to safety.

For more information about the scheme, click here to see Essex Police’s leaflet.

Published 24th August, 2017

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