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Project Lifesaver aids in locating missing loved ones

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Project_LifesaverNothing strikes terror into the hearts of a family like a missing loved one.  

People who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia sometimes wander off from their homes or care facilities and may not be capable of finding their way home.

But, help is available through the Project Lifesaver Program.

When Project Lifesaver radio transmitter wristbands are fitted to an Alzheimer’s patient who wanders, the person is normally found within 30 minutes.

“The units have a frequency that is unique to that person,” stated Joyce McConnell, an investigator with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

This will allow officers to search for the missing patients more efficiently and expeditiously.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department has recognized the community’s need for improving the safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s and others who may wander. They have recently become a member of Project Lifesaver International, a nationally known public safety program designed to protect and locate missing persons due to wandering.

Project Lifesaver was established in April 1999 as an initiative of the 43rd Search and Rescue Company of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office. Its mission is to use state-of-the-art technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Autism, Down syndrome and any other cognitive condition that causes wandering.

Project Lifesaver International is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization headed by retired law enforcement. It is located in 46 states, five Provinces in Canada and Australia.

Funding for Project Lifesaver is a result of private and corporate donations and grants. Donations are used directly for programs, rescues and educational expenses. 

For more information, go to the website www.projectlifesaver.org.

In order to help local families of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is offering the Project Lifesaver program free of charge. This program will be funded through donations and an upcoming benefit at Boonshill Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 5 p.m.

The initial cost for a personal locator unit for each individual, tester for the unit, wristband and battery is approximately $300 each with a recurring cost of replacing the band and battery every month.

The Emergency Response System Kit’s cost alone is $2,415.

One hundred percent of all the proceeds from the  benefit will go directly to the Lincoln County Project Lifesaver Program.

Friends of the Lincoln County Sheriff, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, has partnered with this program. Donations may be made to FoLCS and checks earmarked specifically for the Lincoln County Lifesaver Program. Donations are tax deductible. Please mail donations to FoLCS, P.O. Box 1435, Fayetteville, TN, 37334.