Alzheimer's and dementia group 'captivated' by Northfleet fire station visit
PUBLISHED: 16:32 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 16 August 2017
A group from Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services visited Thames Side station earlier this week
A firefighter who organised a captivating visit for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and dementia has stressed the importance of communication for those living with the diseases.
Visitors from the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services came to Thames Side Fire Station on Monday, where firefighters showed off their equipment and even gave a demonstration on how they would cut the roof from a car.
As part of an annual visit, crews went on to discuss their work and explain how they use their gear to keep people safe.
“One of the gentlemen had worked previously as an engineer and got into a detailed discussion with the crew, it really made his day,” said fundraising co-ordinator Angela Farrell.
“The group was captivated by the informative talks and demonstrations and they continued talking about it over lunch. We are very grateful to the firefighters at Thames Side for always providing such a warm welcome and interesting visits.”
Firefighter Mike Edwards, who organised the event on Coldharbour Road, added: “We’ve been arranging these events at the fire station for several years as we know that keeping an active social life is key to helping someone with dementia feel understood, valued and part of their local community.
“Communication is an important aspect of activities and on occasions we find people will suddenly remember a past event or person and talk enthusiastically about the memory. Coming to the fire station helps the group feel involved in community activities and we really enjoy their visits.”
A spokesperson from KFRS explained some of the services it can offer to help support families living with dementia: “If someone you love is living with dementia, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services and Kent Fire and Rescue Service can help them to stay safe and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.
“The effects of fire can be devastating and when someone has dementia, hazards such as leaving the gas unlit or forgetting that a pan is boiling dry on the hob can be a real concern.
“Give KFRS a call today or email us to arrange a free safe and well visit. We can visit your loved one in their home at a time to suit so that you can also be with them. We can provide special equipment that can make a big difference to help them continue to live a fulfilling and safe life.”