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Regenda Homes uses Guardian Angels to help keep residents safe

Regenda Homes is supporting a project which is distributing special wristbands, key rings and badges to help residents who are diagnosed with dementia.  
               
Fleetwood pensioner Mary Palin, who is one of our residents, feels reassured to know she isn’t facing dementia on her own. The 93 year-old has become one of the first to receive a Guardian Angel, a simple gadget storing her name and contact details which is activated by a mobile phone.  

Regenda is supporting the project and has pledged to provide Guardian Angels for all our elderly residents in the Wyre area of Lancashire who need them. 

Steve Newsham, Regenda’s Regional Director, said: “Many families are touched by dementia, especially in the Wyre and Fylde areas where there is a large and growing elderly population. At Regenda we recognise how easy it is to feel isolated or alone if you are somebody living with dementia. Our local housing staff and community volunteers, who have trained to become Dementia Friends, are working hard to make this community more dementia friendly and aware.” 

A selection of Guardian Angel devices

Mary’s family say the project is a great idea.

“We are lucky that auntie Mary doesn’t go out on her own but, if she did and got confused, then these Guardian Angels would help us and the emergency services to find her,” said her niece, Irene Gallagher.

The devices use Near Field Communication or NFC which is activated by a mobile phone, displaying the name and contact details of the wearer. Each costs £5 but donations and local fund-raising means many will be provided free of charge.

The Guardian Angels are being distributed as part of a wider Dementia Buddy scheme backed by Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Mary Palin tries on her Guardian Angel wristband

 

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