The Safer Walking Framework – videos of New Zealanders telling their own stories

Are you, or someone you know, concerned about the risk of getting lost or going missing when out and about in the community?

The Safer Walking Framework is an initiative delivered by Land Search and Rescue New Zealand (Land SAR).  It is about supporting, educating, and reducing the risk of people that, potentially or actually, get lost or go missing due to cognitive impairment in NZ.

We estimate that over 300,000 people in New Zealand have some sort of cognitive impairment e.g. dementia and autism. Most people with cognitive impairment are not at risk of going missing (known as wandering in the Search and Research sector). A recent survey in New Zealand indicates that about 10 – 13 % of people with cognitive impairment have a higher risk of going missing.
The good news is that you are not alone. There are many ideas and strategies that have been developed that you can introduce. These help to reduce the risk, while enabling personal freedom to live a healthy active life in the community. Strategies include social activities that help to satisfy a person’s need for walking. There are ideas to consider about the home environment to reduce the risk of a person leaving unprepared. And technology that can be introduced to aid location. There is an array of people and places you can connect with for getting help.

LandSAR is grateful to all the people who made this video series possible, especially the people who very generously have shared their lives with us.  This taonga has been created so others may understand Safer Walking and the benefit of having plans and technologies in place to enable personal freedom while managing the risk of going missing.  Although GPS based location devices in many  situations provide an excellent solution, most of the people at risk in these videos have experience of using WanderSearch devices.  Look in the Technology Section for ideas.

We thank Dunedin District Land Search and Rescue Committee and the Wandersearch Canterbury Charitable Trust who helped connect people with experiences of going missing with the video producer, the Donald Beasley Institute and The Video Factory.

We are grateful for the funding that supported this video series from New Zealand Search and Rescue.

The good news is you are not alone, and there are many ideas that you can introduce to reduce that risk, while preserving personal freedom to live a healthy active live in the community.

Orginal  article from Safer Walking – saferwalking@landsar.org.nz