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  • Project Lifesaver: An Excellent Resource for Protecting those who may ‘Wander’


    It’s a sobering statistic to read: 125,000 patients with Alzheimer’s Disease go missing each year nationwide. While Silver Alerts and other GPS technologies are wonderfully helpful, there’s a lesser known but powerful option called ‘Project Lifesaver’.

    This national program operates throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, usually via a local Sherrif, Police or Fire Department. We had the good fortune to chat with Lieutenant Pimental of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and he provided some excellent and compelling reasons why Project Lifesaver should be enrolling many more participants as a reliable way to keep your loved one’s safe.

    What Exactly is Project Lifesaver?

    Each participant is fitted with a secure bracelet which also features a tracking device. The bracelet, once applied, needs to be cut off every ten weeks so the battery and band can be replaced. The tracking module operates via radio frequency.

    Why is Radio Frequency Better than GPS Options?

    We’re glad you asked! GPS technology is operated via satellite transmission. GPS is great unless your loved one is, say, underwater, in a tunnel, or inside certain structures which resist satellite sensory detection. Project Lifesaver’s tracker can identify and locate your loved one nationwide by using a unique frequency code assigned to each person.

    But What if We Travel? Will it Still Work?

    You bet! There are participating agencies in every State nationwide. Your loved one can be located anywhere in the country, at any time. Each agency cooperates with sister agencies to form a national network.

    My Daughter is Autistic, can I still join?

    Yes you can! Lt. Pimental explained the program is built for any person who may be a “wander risk”. That means, Autism, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia and Alehimer’s patients ALL qualify for this protection

    Is there a cost?

    Yes. While the service provided by local municipalities is provided at no cost, the bracelet and tracker come with a $300 price tag, the battery and band replacement services which must be done every ten weeks will cost $60 annually. The good news is you own the equipment. You can donate it, gift it, sell it, or whatever you like should you not need it at some point in the future.

    For more information, please contact Lt. Pimental at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. He can be reached at 508-995-6400 Ext 2180. Visit project Lifesaver online at:

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