Project Lifesaver

 

Services

WHAT IS IT?

Project Lifesaver Helps find clients with brain disorders who are prone to wandering from their caregivers. It places a transmitter on the client. If the client wanders, the caregiver calls 911. BSO deputies or your local police department will initiate a search.

 

Project Lifesaver is not a substitute for vigilant attention by caregivers. It is a backup plan that helps locate a client if he or she wander.

 

The bracelet is not easily removed by the client.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Project Lifesaver is used primarily by Alzheimer's clients who are at the point in their disease when they are at the greatest risk for wandering. However, it is also a system that can be used by autistic children and Down's Syndrome clients - anyone who is at-risk for wandering because of a brain disorder.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Participants wear a transmitter bracelet. Each bracelet has its own radio frequency. When a client is reported missing, trained law enforcement personell use special radio receiving equipment to conduct the search. BSO will respond 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.

WHO OWNS THE TRANSMITTER?

Families and caregivers do not own the transmitters. If the client dies, moves out of Broward County-or his or her physical condition changes and the applicant becomes immobile - the transmitter is returned to the Alzheimer's Family Center and participation in the program ends.

WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE?

The Broward Sherrif's office and Alzheimer's Family Centr, in cooperation with the city of Margate, currently offer project Lifesaver in the following cities: Pompano Beach, Lauderdale Lakes, Tamarac, and Margate. Contact your local law enforcement agencies to determine if there is a program in your area.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Applicants are evaluated by program personnel from the Alzheimer's Family Center in Margate, a community-based program providing in-home services to families in Broward county. For an evaluation appointment, call the center at

(954) 971-7155.