The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of searchers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.
How It Works:
Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds with specialized equipment to the wanderer’s area. The Project Lifesaver equipment is used to find the location of the personal transmitter. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations.
How Do I Enroll?
- Go to www.projectlifesaver.org
-Verify that there is a Project Lifesaver member agency in your area “Where we are page”
-Submit a contact us form titled “Options to Enroll my Loved One” & request an enrollment packet
- Complete and forms in the packet and return it to Project Lifesaver International, 815 Battlefield Blvd. South, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
- Local PLI Agency will be notified for approval.
- Transmitter, tester, batteries, bands and instructions will be shipped
- Client information will be supplied to the Sheriff's Office.
Once enrolled, a Renville County Sheriff's Deputy will come to your home, visit with the enrollee and fit them with the transmitter bracelet. About every six months thereafter, subsequent visits will be made to replace batteries in the transmitter.