Safely Home - NSW

Safely Home can help people living with dementia walk safely by providing rapid and accurate identification if they get lost.

Please note: This program has now been closed and is no longer taking any new applications. For information about alternative options of support please call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit your local Independent Living Centre.

What is Safely Home?

Safely Home is a joint partnership between Dementia Australia and the Missing Persons Unit of the NSW Police Force.

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 who resides in NSW.

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.