What is Project Lifesaver? - The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.
How does it work? - Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies 911. We have trained Officers who respond immediately to the wanderer’s area with a tracking antenna and begin searching for the client. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations.
The Pilot Club of Lancaster has been instrumental in bringing this technology to Lancaster County. If you have a loved one who is at risk to wandering, contact the Pilot Club today for information on how to enroll in this life saving program. Pilot Club contact info, call Gail at 717-471-5750, or Cathy at 717-572-2682. You may also contact Cpl. Rob Burger at the Southern Regional PD.
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