The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is offering Project Lifesaver to families and caregivers of people with Alzheimer's, dementia and autism. These people 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 patient wanders off, he or she can be tracked and returned home.
Families and caregivers who register their client pay a one-time equipment fee of $300, which covers the bracelet transmitter, batteries and wristbands for a year. After the first year, $70 covers additional batteries for a year. The Sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit staff will manage the program and maintain equipment at no additional charge.
A fund was created to help families who might not be able to afford the initial equipment fee. Their needs will be assessed case by case. The Sheriff's Office encourages individuals and businesses to make donations so Project Lifesaver can help as many people as possible.
Registered clients and their photos will be kept in a database accessible to all Pinellas deputies, many of whom are trained to use the receivers that track missing clients wearing transmitter bracelets. Project Lifesaver has reduced the search time for wandering patients and minimized the resources required for a successful search.
Registration for Project Lifesaver is by appointment. For more information, contact the Pinellas Sheriff's Project Lifesaver Program at (727) 582-6806.