Actively and quickly locates the
missing due to Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, and other disabilities before they become victims!
Santa Barbara County is home
to thousands who have Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Mental
Dysfunction Disorders and many youngsters with Down’s Syndrome
or Autism. More than half with these ailments will
wander at one time or another. Those who become lost will require an urgent, well trained
response. If not found
quickly, they are at high risk of serious injury or even death.
Participants of Project Lifesaver are given special wristbands
with transmitters that emit silent signals picked up only by unique
receivers & directional antennas.
caregivers check that the battery and wristband are secure daily,
both items are maintained and replaced monthly by Sheriff’s
Department personnel or trained volunteers.
In the event a participant
wanders off and the Sheriff’s Department is notified, the Search-and-Rescue team is deployed utilizing Project Lifesaver's specialized tracking
equipment to locate the missing person.
Sheriff Personnel and
volunteers are uniquely trained to make your loved one feel at ease
for a safe return home.
The average time to
locate a missing participant is 20-30 minutes from time of deployment.
Project Lifesaver provides a new level of safety for those with
Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other memory and judgment
disorders. I'm proud to bring
this innovative service to our community. It gives families and
caregivers reassurance and a much needed sense of
security. Where previously a full scale search for a
missing person suffering from a memory disorder might last for days
and require extensive public safety resources, now it may be
concluded in just a matter of minutes. I expect Project Lifesaver's
success to be measured not only by a savings in taxpayer
dollars, but also by something priceless: the value of lives saved as
a result of this worthwhile project.
The Sheriff’s Department does not
charge for anyone to be on the
Project Lifesaver Program.
An equipment cost of $300 for the first year with a $100 refundable deposit on the wristband. Subsequent years cost $125 for the batteries and bands that are changed and inspected by trained personnel.
Thanks to generous donations by
individuals and service groups such
as Lions Clubs International,
sponsorships may be available for those in financial need.
If you have any questions, or would like to enroll a loved one, please contact Santa Barbara County Dispatch at 805-683-2724 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Project Lifesaver is brought to our community by an alliance between Law Enforcement expertise and these fine organizations