AUTISM and INFORMED RESPONSE
An elderly man, 79 with Alzheimer’s went missing from his residence on Friday, April 15th. Project Lifesaver of Horry County Public Safety Division was notified by 10:05 a.m. and arrived within 10 minutes. The elderly man wandered off around 1,500 feet from his home into a wooded area 100 feet from the road. Way to go on another great rescue by Project Lifesaver of Horry County Public Safety Division.
Project Lifesaver – Bringing Loved Ones Home Safely
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism and related conditions.
This is a program that uses radio telemetry to track individual transmitters on a band worn like a watch or a bracelet. The transmitter is assigned a frequency that can be used to track down the wearer should he or she leave home without the knowledge of their caregiver.
Project Lifesaver currently is a partnership program between SOS Health Care and Horry County Public Safety and currently covers 27 children with autism. We are going to expand the program to 25 new clients including people with Alzheimer’s and brain injuries as these populations are a growing concern for our public safety officials and our community. SOS Health Care staff manages the battery changing, marketing and data base for Horry County and works in partnership with our 911 department to keep their information current.
Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers and countless man hours. More importantly, because time if of the essence every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.
How it works...
Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal, if an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their Project Lifesaver agency and the trained Horry County Team responds. The batteries need to be changed monthly which is part of the coordination of SOS Health Care’s staff.
Search times for these individuals have been reduced from days and hours to 30 minutes with this program.
The cost of the band and batteries for one year is $372 per year. We provide this service free of charge to the individual.
If you would like to sponsor a person to receive a Project Lifesaver bracelet please contact Monique Clement at P[email protected]