Project Lifesaver for the Elderly
by your local Police Dept.
Since my Mom wondered away on Christmas Day and was found by the local Police , safely taken to their office and located where she lived...I have learned about this Project Lifesaver Program our small town is providing.
It is with trained personel using electronic signaling devices as an aid in searching for lost persons who suffer in one form or another from diminished mental or disability
It is a wrist band transmitter It has a battery in it that lasts for 45 days, but the Police come every 30 days to change it to a new one. Each day it needs to be checked...and it has a small blinking light to tell you it is working.
My Mom had it put on her ankle so it wouldn't be so visible. And I must admit it is a bit big and not very nice looking. Maybe in the future they can style it to look like a real bracelet. In the meantime it's fine. It resembles a hospital band with a round metal container hooked to it. It is waterproof and is not to be taken off.
The procedure is easy enough ..here anyway..she is only the 3rd one so far to have one...It is a new program as this town has many elderly residing here. You just make an appointment to go in with the person who you want to get one and fill out (or they do it) paperwork about SS, address's, phone #'s, medical history, contact people, medicines they use, things they like, where lived before, weight, height, doctor, anything that will help them if they were to find her lost. So take all the information you think you need and make it in one trip.( I have a binder with all that stuff ready to use whenever I need it, I take it with me )
Then they take a photograph and place the bracelet on them. The cost here is $50.00..but if it gets taken off and lost it will cost $300.00 to replace it. They told me usually if they cut them off you can easily find them.
So if we are shoppong or go on a trip and she should wonder away from me they say to look for 10 minutes only then call 911..Tell the operator who you are looking for and that they are missing, that they are a client of the Project Lifesaver from whatever town you live in, and then you give them their transmitter number. The caretaker gets a card to carry with them with the information on it. So no matter where you go they are protected and can be tracked.
Don't confuse this with an ID bracelet it is much more and even in the big city my sister lives in, in Calif. they don't have this available..she was surprised.
I have given this information to my mom's doctor and a lawyer friend of mine because they wanted to know more ,as they both have elderly folks that could use this.
So if any of you need help with your older folks I hope you find this informative and usefull....G-Ma :o)