Province Taking Action to Protect People With Dementia
The provincial government is launching a new multicultural safety awareness program for Ontarians with dementia who may go missing.
In partnership with the Alzheimer's Society of Ontario, the Wynne government launched "Finding Your Way" Wednesday, a new wandering prevention program that will help caregivers and family members prepare for when a loved one wanders off as well as information to help prevent those with dementia from wandering off in the first place.
The Finding Your Way safety kit includes:
- An identification kit with space for a recent photo and physical description that can be shared with police
- At-home safety steps to prevent missing incident from occurring
- Steps to safeguard a person with dementia, such as using the Alzheimer's Society of Canada's MedicAlert Safety at Home program
- Tips on what to do when a person with dementia goes missing and when reuniting after a wandering incident
- The latest information on locating devices
The province is also providing funding for the Ontario Police College to develop and deliver police training that incorporates wandering prevention into the current police curriculum.
To learn more go to www.findingyourwayontario.ca