Does your loved one wander? Project Lifesaver could help keep them safe.

Project Lifesaver helps families protect members who may wander or bolt. Typically individuals living with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down’s Syndrome, acquired brain injury or other types of cognitive impairments.

These individuals can be equipped with a 1 ounce wrist transmitter that sends a radio signal which can be tracked up to a 2 kilometer radius. The system operates all day, every day of the year.

When notified by caregivers that an individual has gone missing, specially trained police officers use mobile tracking equipment to find them.

  • The initial visitation will take approximately 1-2 hours depending on the option selected.
  • You will need copies of documentation of Doctor’s assessment, legal guardianship, and / or birth certificate.
  • Information on attending physician’s phone number and a list of medication the client is currently taking.
  • It is recommended that all members of the family attend the first initial setup.
  • We have discovered that those with sensory issues are best to have worn a watch 24/7 in order for them to have an easier transition to wearing the transmitter.
  • You are not locked into a contract, when you return the transmitter you are released from the contract.
  • Monthly appointment maintenance fee
  • Monthly maintenance takes approximately half an hour.
  • This technology does not replace the need for constant supervision.
  • The battery is the integral part of this technology.
  • Mandated to verify-by-signature that the battery is functioning, a minimum of once a day.
  • This device is designed to be an additional aid to help locate a missing person and that there is no warranty, representing or guarantee that a person will be found. Project Lifesaver equipment is designed to provide law enforcement personnel with an additional technology in attempting to locate the missing person.
  • The Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelet is to be worn at all times. If you discover the transmitter bracelet has been removed or is defective, you must call Project Lifesaver immediately.
  • All electronic equipment and components must be purchased from Project Lifesaver International.
  • Participants must be a resident in the Region of Perth County. A participant who moves out of Perth County will be discharged from the program.
  • This program applies to those who have a history of wandering or who a physician has indicated may wander because of a cognitive disability or impairment (and not related to interpersonal, parental, familial, child care or caregiver issues).
  • Participants and/or their legal guardian or substitute decision-maker understand and agree that radio-locating technology used in this project is not intended as a substitute for responsible childcare or caregiver practices
  • Upon acceptance of the application, caregivers must abide by the agreement terms.  Contract may be terminated within 30 days by way of notice by either party.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a caregiver once my relative has a bracelet do I need to worry about them anymore?

Project Lifesaver is not a replacement for the attention and supervision of caregivers, but it is a valuable tool that can be utilized to save lives and reduce the stress felt by family members as well as the enormous expenses generated by a long and arduous search.

What happens during the monthly maintenance visit?

A representative will arrange for a visit to your home. At this time they will ask to see the monthly maintenance log to ensure that the battery checks are being completed on a daily basis; they will then change the battery in the transmitter; test the system, and place a new wrist band on the participant. The representative will also be available to answer any questions from the caregiver.

What guarantee is there that Project Lifesaver will locate my loved one should they become missing?

We would like to say there is a 100% guarantee; however, there is no such thing, regardless of the technology or method utilized. It must always be remembered you are dealing with people and each situation will be different. Project Lifesaver does have the most successful record in the world. As of January 2013 there have been over 2,641 searches with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. This has been accomplished through a combination of training, methods, procedures and the latest technology which is tested often in real world situations. The best protection is to have trained personnel with the latest equipment available, respond and conduct these searches. The success record of this approach speaks for itself.

What about the use of GPS/cell phone technology in tracking?

From Gene Saunders the Founder President of Project Lifesaver International – I have been asked often, in the past 11 years, about GPS and cell phone tracking and why we have not gone to it or endorse it. My answer is simple:

I have answered this many times but, in order to further clarify our position, here we go; GPS depends on satellite signals to give a location. In order to closely hone in on a GPS device 3 such satellites must be engaged and respond. While this is fine for many commercial or non-emergency situations, it can be a great problem in a crisis, such as a lost person. People that may have this device, i.e., those with Alzheimer’s, Autism, etc. do not understand that you must be in a fairly open area for these signals to engage. In fact, anything capable of blocking sunlight can block a GPS signal. In searches we have performed, only rarely are they found in these type areas which means GPS would not have been effective.

Cellular tracking, which is being touted highly, still has many drawbacks. It should be remembered these systems operate over the cellular networks. I believe anyone that has experience with a cell phone can testify to the reliability of those devices. You can have problems with system failure, dropped calls, system busy which leads one to believe this can happen to these devices and they are right. Don Cooper, the Ohio State Fire Marshall and Search and Rescue expert, compiled a report on Project Lifesaver and referred to cell phone technology as not having the reliability they claim. Anyone wanting a copy of this report, please let us know.

“Project Lifesaver has over 1,200 participating agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed over 2,700 searches over the last 14 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported.” 

Program is currently available in Perth County only.  For more information contact Victim Service Bruce Grey Perth.    519-271-9998.