Project Lifesaver relies on proven radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team. Clients that are enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer’s area and starts searching with the mobile locater tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. In over 1800 searches nationwide, there have been no reported serious injuries or deaths. Recovery times average less than 30 minutes.
The Project Lifesaver transmitter wristband is a one-ounce, battery operated radio wrist transmitter that emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. The Project Lifesaver team conducts routine battery replacement for clients, as well as re-securing transmitters to clients that have removed them.
Project Lifesaver teams are specially trained, not only in search and rescue and the use of the electronic tracking equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease or related disorder. Locating the individual is only part of the mission. The person who is located will be disoriented, anxious, and untrusting. The Project Lifesaver team knows how to approach the person, gain their trust and put them at ease for the trip home.