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Project Lifesaver for the Elderly

Updated on February 28, 2008

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 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)



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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thank you teeray> I just wanted to let people know so in case they didn't know they could check into it for their loved ones. G-Ma :o) hugs

      and My dear Misha ...but you are so good!! I am not a contest type either..although have you seen the photo one from Barton Imaging? I guesed it right on the first one but it wasn't a real contest then and now they are making it one. check it out if you like good photo's G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Misha 10 years ago from DC Area

      No, G-Ma, I'm not a contest type of guy :)

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      teeray 10 years ago from Canada

      G-Ma, great information on this important service. It sounds like the bracelets are a bit bulky and take a little getting used to, but as you said, perhaps they will be designed better in the futute to look more attractive and be less cumbersome. I'm sure for any people who have made use of this service and located a loved one due to the bracelet and system aren't complaining tho', eh? I'm glad your mom has one of these.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      well Mr. Marmalade Maybe I should too. Haa Haa hey aren't you competing in the Hub contest?

      Misha..are you kidding me about the photo? No one ever likes their own photo it was taken a few years ago in Mexico and I was much heavier. but thank You just the same sugar. and you are not in the contest either? Stacie is on top as of last night. Seems quiet around here to me.

      Thanks guys for the comments G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Misha 10 years ago from DC Area

      Hey, G-Ma, Like your new avatar :) Not that the old one was bad, but this one is better :D

      Oh, and nice hub by the way ;)

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      We have some friends who wear hem they do offer some peace of mind.

      Val thinks i should put one around my neck