The Herbert Protocol: A Lifeline for Dementia Care Pros and Family

Caring for a loved one with dementia comes with many challenges, particularly the fear of them going missing due to disorientation.

What is the Herbert Protocol?

The Herbert Protocol is a simple, yet effective initiative designed to assist the police in locating vulnerable individuals, particularly those with dementia, who go missing. Named after George Herbert, a war veteran with dementia who frequently went missing from his care home, this protocol involves filling out a form with crucial information about the person at risk.

The form includes:

  • Personal details (name, age, description)
  • Medical information
  • A recent photograph
  • Emergency contacts
  • Habits and favourite places
  • Previous addresses

This form is kept accessible and handed to the police if the individual goes missing, facilitating a swift and effective search.

Benefits for Care Pros and family:

  • Peace of Mind: Reduces stress by having all crucial information ready.
  • Rapid Response: Enables a quicker police response, increasing chances of a safe return.
  • Accurate Information: Ensures no important details are missed in an emergency.
  • Community Support: Provides a structured plan, reducing isolation.
  • Prevents Escalation: Helps in early intervention, minimising risk.

Implementing the Protocol

Complete the information on the right hand side to download the form.
Please complete this form and store safely: Keep the form in an easily accessible place known to all Care Pros.
Update Regularly: Ensure information is current.

The Herbert Protocol is a vital tool, offering a proactive approach to safeguarding individuals with dementia, and providing caregivers with invaluable support and peace of mind.