Program helps families dealing with Alzheimer's
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is offering the Project Lifesaver Program to families and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's, dementia and autism. People who have these conditions often wander from their homes.
For the cost of the equipment, Project Lifesaver provides transmitting bracelets to clients' families and tracking equipment to law enforcement. If an Alzheimer's client leaves his home, he is tracked and returned.
There is no registration charge to become part of Project Lifesaver. Families and caregivers who register their client pay a one-time equipment fee of $300, which covers the cost of the bracelet transmitter and a supply of batteries and wristbands for a year. After the first year, a $70 fee covers additional batteries for a year.
For those who might not be able to afford the initial equipment fee, the sheriff donated $5,000 from the agency's Forfeiture Fund. Needs are assessed on a case-by-case basis. The Sheriff's Office encourages other residents and businesses to make donations to Project Lifesaver in order to help as many people as possible.
Registered clients and their photos will be kept in a database accessible to all Pinellas deputies. Project Lifesaver has reduced the search time for these persons and reduced the number of resources required for a successful search.
Registration for Project Lifesaver is by appointment. For an appointment or for more information, contact the Pinellas Sheriff's Project Lifesaver Program at (727) 582-6806.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office