I’ve been hearing about it more and more frequently: first responders taking training in working with individuals with dementia. Today, I ran across a news article that reinforced not only the need but the interest on the part of emergency workers for this type of training.
Of course, it got me thinking…what might happen if you, as a service to your community, offered a series of community classes to EMT, ER workers and other emergency personnel on this very topic?
Think about the elder with dementia that wanders away from his home. When the police find him, how do they get to go along with them without getting agitated or combative? And what is he does become agitated? How do they calm him without restraints and potential harm?
If you’re looking for new ideas to become the go-to resource in your community, consider this one. We’ve got the training kits and DVDs you can use in a class ready to roll. We’ve probably even got some creative ideas we can generate together to make this a regular community event. It might be just what your local community needs.