What is Project Lifesaver?
Project Lifesaver is a program designed to track and locate individuals who wander and become lost. Those affected are the elderly who are victims of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, even to the youngest in our community who are afflicted with Down syndrome and Autism. There are no boundaries, and no one is immune.
Because wandering is such a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, anyone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder is at risk of wandering at any time, even when wandering has never been a problem in the past.
How Does Project Lifesaver Work?
Project Lifesaver uses state of the art technology employing a wristband transmitter that emits a unique radio signal 24 hours a day to locate wandering and lost adults and children.
If the person wanders and becomes lost, a call to 911 by the caregiver triggers a rapid response search by a trained team within the Cape Coral Police Department. Searchers use radio frequency receivers to locate the audible transmitter signal. Radio frequency tracking is reliable, practical and is proven effective. Average location time using this system is less than 30 minutes.
Members of the Project Lifesaver Team are specially trained, not only in the use of electronic tracking equipment, but also in their methods of communication with persons having Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. The Project Lifesaver Team knows how to approach a person, gain their trust and put them at ease for the trip home.
History of Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver was established in 1999 as an initiative of the 43rd Search and Rescue Company of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office in Virginia. The program was introduced to Lee County in April 2006 through the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and in 2008 the Cape Coral Police Department adopted its own Project Lifesaver program.
For More Information:
Download the Project Lifesaver Brochure.
Costs and Enrollment