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Why filling in a Herbert Protocol can help you in a crisis

Updated: 6 days ago

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The Herbert Protocol is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who had dementia and tragically died while he was 'missing' on his way to his childhood home. 

People affected by dementia do not wander off, in their reality, they could be like George going ‘back home’ or where they went to work. Didi, our co-founder’s grandfather, could often be found walking to the hospital where he worked for 50 years, often in his PJ’s with his doctor's bag.

When someone living with dementia goes missing it can be very stressful and in a crisis it’s hard to think rationally. By completing the Herbert Protocol, it saves time so the Police have essential information at their fingertips to start their search earlier.

The Herbert Protocol is something we would describe as ‘housekeeping’ so if this ever happened, the police will have a photo, your contact numbers, medication, mobility and information on their favourite hangouts - shops, cafes, restaurants, favourite walk, sportsground, allotment etc.

The Herbert Protocol includes a form that is completed by the individual or a carer on their behalf.  Here is a copy to download:

Once completed, you can give a copy of the Herbert Protocol Form to friends, family, and neighbours. You only need to give a copy to the police if the person you care for goes missing, so make sure you keep copies somewhere safe and easily accessible.

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