What Is Project Lifesaver?

  • 8/14/2018 4:54:57 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - The Richland County Sheriff's Office is working with a public safety program called Project Lifesaver to protect and locate individuals who are likely to wander and may go missing.

The program is meant for elderly residents suffering from conditions like Alzheimer's Disease or dementia, and it sometimes used to assist children with autism or Down's Syndrome. People with these conditions can sometimes have a habit of wandering away from home, and can easily become lost. When a loved one requires round-the-clock care, it can be overwhelming for their caretakers. While Project Lifesaver's technology can't guarantee anybody's safety, it can provide them with some peace of mind.

Each bracelet is fitted with a transmitter that has a known frequency. Police can use receivers to pick up on the signal and locate the missing person. The devices are waterproof and their batteries last up to two months, although they are usually replaced after one month just in case. There can be small fees involved in starting with Project Lifesaver, but Deputy Charles Hosey says that no family has ever been turned away based on an inability to pay.

Deputy Hosey, who handles Community Policing in Richland County, called Project Lifesaver "a good tool for your toolbelt." He accompanies other officers on monthly check-ins to make sure that the devices are working properly, they have new batteries, and that the families are doing well. Richland New Hope also provides these monthly check-ins to clients. 

Richland New Hope and the Area Agency on Aging are two of the several organizations that partner with the Sheriff's Office to bring Project Lifesaver to Richland County. The project is funded by The Lions Club. To get more information about Project Lifesaver or to get started with them, contact the Area Agency on Aging.

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