Device Helps Locate Lost People Who Need Assistance
It's common for people with autism or dementia to wander away from home. A non-profit group called Project Lifesaver is used in many counties across the US, including in Minnesota and Wisconsin, to help families track loved ones if they wander.
It's basically a radio frequency device a person wears on their ankle or wrist that makes it easier to locate them.
The device is made for people with alzheimer's, autism, or anything where they might get lost and not be able to help themselves.
"Since the implementation of Project Lifesaver in 1999, they've had over 2,500 searches, 100 percent success rate, average search time under 30 minutes," said Deputy Neil Johnson of the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, speaking to the program's national success. He says without the device, rescues take 8 hours on average, cost much more, and don't always have a positive outcome.
Programs are run locally by counties, and many in our area have it. Most offer it for a small monthly fee, in addition to a startup fee.
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