09/11/2018

New Care Home Added to Dementia Scheme to Mark Armistice Day

To mark 100 years of Armistice Day on Sunday, Cleveland Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger have added Montpellier Manor Care Home in Stainton to the existing ‘Safe Haven’ scheme.

The scheme protects vulnerable communities and people who have dementia. The idea behind the scheme is that if police locate someone who is missing or if someone is found wandering the streets who may be lost, scared, frightened, disorientated and showing signs of dementia then officers can take that person to Montpellier Manor.

Once taken here they will be able to get expert support and care whilst the officer remains at the home making enquiries via phone and radio to re-unite the person with their loved ones.

Inspector Phil Spencer who is the Force lead on dementia said: “Having had family members affected by this illness and seeing first-hand how vulnerable someone can be, I am delighted to add another care home to the existing five we already have in place.

“If a vulnerable person is missing with dementia they are going to be extremely frightened and will need to be made as comfortable as possible until they can be taken back to where they live.

“This scheme allows the person to have that extra care and re-assurance from the care home staff rather than being in a Police building environment. Adding Montpellier Manor means we now have all of Cleveland covered should we need to take someone to a home rather than a police station”.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I am very pleased that Montpellier Manor Care home has joined the Safe Haven scheme. It is vitally important that we provide people living with dementia with the right care and now that we have six care homes in the scheme, I believe we can offer the highest quality service.”