It is named after George Herbert, a veteran with dementia from World War II who vanished while looking for his childhood home.
Police now hope that the implementation of a simple data-sharing system in Scotland’s largest city will help deter more tragedies and save families the pain of a lengthy search.
It could prove especially efficient if day-to-day activities are simplified by the
If everyday activities are interrupted by the pandemic, it may prove especially effective, which experts claim can be particularly worrying for people with dementia.
The Herbert Protocol’s premise is clear.
Family members, caregivers or even friends and neighbors are required to fill out a questionnaire with vital missing person details that can be kept or displayed in a conspicuous location in the home by the police.
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It may include the contact details of the primary care physician, prescription and normal daily routine, and a recent photo of the person with permission to post it on social media.
Areas of meaning to the individual with dementia, such as where they grew up, are also significant.
People with dementia often experience short-term loss of memory, but can quickly remember memories from previous decades and often try to find a spot in their lives that was important to them.
Many police forces now use the device south of the border as well as in
Scotland, as well as in places like the Highlands, Grampian and Edinburgh in Scotland.
“Chief Inspector Natalie Carr of Greater Glasgow Partnerships and Resourcing said, “In any missing person search, pace is of the essence.
– The longer anyone, particularly if they are vulnerable, is missing, the greater the risk to them.
For relatives of people with dementia left in nursing homes during a lockdown, the same applies to
“The Herbert Protocol ensures that all relevant information can be quickly shared with police and will be an important aid to officers in their search efforts.”
Dementia experts and organisations interested in helping people with the disease have supported the introduction of the initiative in Glasgow during World Alzheimer’s Month.
When someone with dementia doesn’t come home or goes missing, it’s a distressing time for families,” said Joyce Gray, Alzheimer Scotland’s deputy director of development.”
“Having important information to hand takes some of that pressure off and helps focus the search on places that matter to the person affected.”
In its network of day centers, Glasgow’s Golden Generation (GGG) charity still uses the method.
In May, in the first month of the lockout, the family of a woman with dementia from Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, confirmed that she was missing three times.
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Claire Dick, who works with the GGG, said she found her mother, Margaret Paterson, lost and roaming the streets, and it was the first time this had happened since three years ago, when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
The program could help reassure families and allow older people to preserve their independence, Professor June Andrews, an expert on caring for people with dementia, said.
“She said, “It happens that individuals with dementia are robbed of their liberty often, in the sense that they are so at risk of being lost and wounded that they are locked in the place where they live and not allowed unaccompanied outside.
“People with dementia are sometimes predictable about where they will go, so it helps to know a few things about them to focus a search on where they are most likely to be,” he said, knowing a few things about them.
“Recent photos are very helpful. With smart cameras, any time you see your dad, you can now take a picture of him, and that’s something you can easily share.
The Think Dementia initiative is aimed at improving Scottish care standards.