Safely Home can help people living with dementia walk safely by providing rapid and accurate identification if they get lost.
Safely Home is a joint partnership between Dementia Australia NSW and the Missing Persons Unit of the NSW Police Force.
What is Safely Home?
Safely Home provides a stainless steel bracelet, designed to be worn at all times by the person with dementia. It features an engraved toll free telephone number and personal identification number linked to the NSW Police Missing Person's Unit database. The confidential database includes a detailed description of the person with dementia, including a photograph, where provided, contact information, previous residential addresses and locations the person may visit. The database is accessible by Police at all times. Safely Home is suitable for anyone with intellectual disabilities at risk of becoming lost.
How does it work?
When someone finds the lost person, they telephone the Missing Person's Unit and quote the identification number on the bracelet. The police will make arrangements for them to be returned home.
Carers can use Safely Home to instigate a search for the person with dementia by contacting their local police station and filing a Missing Persons Report.
Safely Home is ideal for use both in home situations and aged care facilities.
Is there a cost?
Safely Home has a nominal registration charge of $39 for a member of Dementia Australia NSW and $54 for a non-member.
How do I join?
To obtain the information, download the Safely Home Brochure and Application Form which includes program details and forms to apply for the bracelet and register with the Missing Person's Unit and instruction guide to filling in the registration form, or contact us through the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or email.
How do I replace a lost bracelet?
If your bracelet needs to be replaced, fill in the Safely Home Bracelet Replacement Form. A fee applies to cover the cost of the replacement bracelet. For useful ideas on how to encourage a person to wear the Safely Home bracelet see our tips sheet.