Alzheimer Scotland has been awarded funding from the Scottish Government to help support unpaid carers of people with Dementia living in Scotland.
We have had the privilege of delivering a fund like this in the past and we know how great the benefits can be for those caring for someone with Dementia.
SGN’s locking cooker valve can help people with dementia or autism retain their independence at home and provides reassurance to friends, family, and carers.
SGN can fit this simple safety device for FREE to your existing gas cooker pipework.
When the valve is locked the gas supply to the cooker is stopped. This eliminates the risk of the cooker being unintentionally turned on or left on and gives peace of mind to carers or relatives that the cooker can’t be used when they leave the house or the room. The carer or relative can easily turn the valve on using the key when the cooker is required, enabling the household to continue to use their gas cooker safely.
SGN provide this FREE service regardless of your gas supplier. You don’t need to change energy supplier or inform your supplier that the device has been fitted.
If you think you or someone you know would benefit from having a locking cooker valve installed its quick and easy to apply, go to SGN’s website at sgn.co.uk/LCV
CO is a highly poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of fossil fuels (including gas, oil, wood, petrol and coal). It can’t be seen, heard, smelt, or tasted which is why it is known as the ‘Silent Killer’. CO poisoning symptoms are fairly similar to flu, so make sure you know what to look out for. Symptoms include dizziness, headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Signs that CO may be in your home are:
The flame on your gas appliance being lazy and orange (it should be crisp and blue).
Black marks on or around the appliance.
The pilot light frequently blowing out or too much condensation.
Insufficient ventilation, eg. airbricks/vents, appliance flue or chimney being blocked
Alongside having your appliances checked each year, you should have a working CO alarm in your home nearby to any fossil fuel appliances. You can buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm in most DIY stores, supermarkets and online.
You should regularly test your CO alarm to make sure it’s working properly and check the expiry date. Should the batteries or alarm itself reach the end of their useable life please replace them as soon as possible to keep you and your household safe.
For more gas safety and carbon monoxide information, please visit www.sgn.co.uk/help-and-advice/keeping-safe
To help you make decisions about what you might find helpful, Alzheimer Scotland created Dementia Circle as a trusted and impartial resource.
It is based on the lived experience of families, where someone has a dementia diagnosis, so you can have confidence in the reviews and information you find.
We're not affiliated with a particular manufacturer, our reviews are shared to help you make good decisions about what you might find useful.
This document has been developed by the Alzheimer Scotland team.
It aims to give hospital staff a better understanding of patients with dementia who are admitted to hospital.
In advance of your loved one being admitted to hospital click here, download and complete the ‘Getting to Know Me’ form.
Welfare Rights Advice North Ayrshire
Advice Line: 01294 310456
Monday- Friday, 9.30am-4pm
MoneyMatters team of specialist welfare rights advisers provide free, impartial and confidential advice to any resident of North Ayrshire. They provide assistance and representation to ensure North Ayrshire residents receive their full, legal entitlement to state benefits.
Some people living with dementia are eligible for a discount on their council tax.
Online contact form: www.nahscp.org/money-matters
You can join our FREE register if you, or someone in your household:
Has a disability.
Has a chronic illness, short term medical condition, or recovering from an operation.
Is of pensionable age.
Is blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing.
Has another type of special need.
Has a change in personal circumstances (eg. bereavement or divorce).
Living with children under five.
Use medical equipment/aids reliant on electricity or need warmth for medical reasons.
SPEN will ensure that your local gas/or electricity distribution companies know if you are on their Priority Services Register and have a medical condition which requires a constant energy supply.
They can contact you in advance if they are planning any interruption to your supply.
Call 03301 010 154, text PSR to 61999 or click here for more information.