Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue, rapid recovery program that targets persons enrolled in the program that have the tendency to wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia and other age macular degeneration (ARMD) related conditions or disorders.
Project Lifesaver deploys radio technology to locate, rescue and return to home missing persons enrolled in the program.
Each client enrolled in the Project Lifesaver Program wears a personalized wristband transmitter that emits a tracking radio signal 24 hours a day / seven days a week. Each wristband has a separate and unique radio frequency.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has a specialized team that has been trained and certified as instructors and operators of the search and rescue radio equipment in the event a client wanders and the Sheriff’s Office is alerted.
In addition to members attending the training for equipment and instructor certification, they also received training in the methods necessary to communicate with a person inflicted with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or a related disorder. Wanderer’s, when confronted, often will be disoriented, anxious and untrusting. The trained members of the Sheriff’s Office have been instructed on the most appropriate manner to approach the found wanderer, how to gain their trust and how to put them at ease for their return trip back home.
The highest priority is to make a quick and safe recovery of an enrolled wanderer in the shortest time possible. In addition, this program can reduce the time and cost of a traditional search from hours to minutes. Nationally, the average recovery of clients enrolled in this program is about 30 minutes.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications from interested caregivers or families of loved ones that they may want to enroll into this program. There are affordable costs and monthly battery fees that will be explained when an interested party inquires. The entire program is non-profit. www.projectlifesaver.org
If you would like to learn more about this program , please call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at
(864) 638-4111. A qualified Project Lifesaver member of the Sheriff’s Office will either be available to answer your call or will re-contact you if a return number is provided.
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