“Bringing Your Loved Ones Home”
Project Lifesaver is a proactive response by the Montgomery County Police Department to identify individuals within the community who have a propensity to wander due to a diagnosed medical condition such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, or Down Syndrome.
Project Lifesaver is offered entirely free of cost to caretakers and participants. Caregivers are provided with information and tools to prevent episodes of wandering. If necessary, the wandering individual may be outfitted with a personalized bracelet. The bracelet is a one-ounce battery operated radio wrist transmitter that emits a unique automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. If the participant wanders, loved ones call 911. Officers who have been trained in the Project Lifesaver System then use radio frequency tracking equipment to locate the participant. The officers’ equipment receives a signal from your loved one’s unique transmitter. This equipment locks onto the signal and provides officers with a direction. Using triangulation and advanced search and rescue techniques, an average person can be located in less than 30 minutes with available resources and manpower.
Police officers participating in the Project Lifesaver program are specially trained not only in search and rescue techniques and the use of the electronic tracking equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, or a related disorder. The person who is located may be disoriented, anxious, and distrusting. The Project Lifesaver team member knows how to approach the person, gain their trust and put them at ease for the trip home.
Every month, a police officer, who has been partnered with a Project Lifesaver participant wearing a bracelet, visits the participant’s house or school and ensures the bracelet and battery is working.
Project Lifesaver is a valuable solution for the already over-exhausted caretakers who must worry daily about their loved ones becoming lost. Project Lifesaver is available anywhere in Montgomery County. As of April of 2013, there are approximately 60 clients wearing the tracking bracelets.
Let Your Neighbors Know ! Communication with your neighbors will help if your loved one should wander. We have a neighbor letter for autism in English and in Spanish, and a neighbor letter for Alzheimer’s in English and in Spanish. Feel free to use them.
Officer Reyes talks about Project Lifesaver on Washington D.C. FOX 5 News