In 2007, ASW began a coordinated project with the Whatcom County Sheriff's office to adopt the national model of Project Lifesaver to aid in the search and rescue of missing Alzheimer's patients. Project Lifesaver is for anyone who might have a tendency to wander, but who might not have the ability to find their way home again.
Project Lifesaver uses radio-frequency transmitters and receivers to enable tracking of people suffering from various brain ailments including Alzheimer's disease. The Whatcom County Sheriff's office purchased five sets of receiver equipment to track the transmitter bracelets purchased by ASW for placement on affected individuals. If or when a participant goes missing, a deputy sheriff responds to the place where the individual was last seen and attempts to locate the signal from the bracelet. If he can do so, the individual is quickly found and returned to a safe environment. If he cannot hear the signal, he calls for the assistance of trained search and rescue volunteers who will search for the individual.
Project Lifesaver equipment can save time, money, and lives. The first case was reported 3 hours after the person went missing, and the search time was just 10 minutes with the Project Lifesaver equipment. The missing person was located ½ mile from his residence, and returned to his family unharmed.
Give65 will help support the cost of creating and distributing a video so that everyone in Whatcom County is aware of Project Lifesaver.
Dementia affects more than just the person who has been diagnosed, but also their family, friends and neighbors as well. The ASW is here to help anyone whose life has been touched by dementia. ...read more
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