coupletalkPharmacies in Staffordshire have teamed up with the area's Fire & Rescue Service in a new scheme designed to help decrease accidental fires in the homes of older people with dementia.
 
People in Uttoxeter with dementia will be encouraged by members of the Staffordshire Pharmacy Committee to have a Home Fire Risk Check (HFRC).
 
The HFRC will consist of each room in the house being checked for fire risks in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths of people over the age of 65 who die in accidental house fires.

The technician carrying out the HFRC will also speak to the resident about their behaviour in their home.

Local pharmacist Tim Hames, said, “Focussing our resources on them (carers and relatives) and promoting the HFRCs when they pop in to the pharmacy will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the number of vulnerable people benefitting from this vital safety measure.”
 
Carers of patients who collect prescriptions containing Donepezil, Galantamine, Memantine or Rivastigmine will be given information about the checks in four pharmacies in the area.
 
Posters are also being used to promote the service which will be monitored over the next six months to see how successful it is.
 
Head of Risk Reduction at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Glynn Luznyj said, “Staffordshire, and the country as a whole, has an increasingly ageing population and the service we provide needs to reflect their needs.”
 
As well as the pharmacies in Uttoxeter, twenty local pharmacies in Tamworth are also taking part in the initiative. For more information visit: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp

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