Project Lifesaver

What is Project Lifesaver? - Project Lifesaver is a proactive response to identify those individuals within the community who have a propensity to wander and not be able to return home. This program consists of a small radio transmitter that the client wears on their wrist or ankle.

How do we find loved ones? - Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained personnel with radio receivers to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.

Proven Radio Technology and Rescue Team - Project Lifesaver relies on proven radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team. Clients that are enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer''s last known location and starts searching with the mobile locater tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. In over 1600 searches, there have been no reported serious injuries or deaths, and the recovery time''s average is less than 30 minutes.

Highly Trained Teams - Project Lifesaver teams are specially trained, not only in search and rescue and the use of the electronic tracking equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer''s disease or related disorder. Locating the individual is only part of the mission. The person who is located could be disoriented, anxious, or untrusting. The Project Lifesaver teams know how to approach the person, gain their trust, and put them at ease for the trip home.

The History of Project Lifesaver - Established in April 1999 as an initiative of the 43rd Virginia
Search and Rescue Company of the Chesapeake, Virginia Sheriff''s Office, Project Lifesaver is built on
the work of the Stokes County (NC) Mountain Rescue program which pioneered the use of special equipment and procedures to locate lost and wandering patients with mental disorders. Amid the dramatic increased of people with Alzheimer''s, Down Syndrome, and Autism, Project Lifesaver has become one of the leading organizations addressing the need to protect these patients and bring comfort to their families and caregivers.

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