Arrowsmith Search & Rescue
now working with Project Lifesaver.
June, 2013 –— Arrowsmith Search & Rescue Society announced today that they are partnering with the Nanaimo Lifeline Program for the Project Lifesaver program in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area. Designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions who tend to wander, this service answers a critical need for protecting people at risk of wandering, including those with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome and Dementia.
Clients enrolled in the service will wear a wrist-watch sized radio transmitter on their wrist or ankle. The transmitter constantly emits a Radio Frequency signal, which can be tracked regardless of where the person has wandered—even into a densely wooded area, a marsh, a concrete structure such as a garage, or a building constructed with steel. When a loved one goes missing, caregivers notify locally trained agencies and they are dispatched to the wanderer’s area and the average rescue time remains around 30 minutes.
Client Management will now be overseen by the Nanaimo Lifeline Program and existing clients will be transferred. New clients will be accepted beginning July 2013. Families and caregivers can enroll their loved ones by contacting the Nanaimo Lifeline program at 250-947-8213.
For those families or caregivers who cannot afford the service, they are encouraged to check with their local agency for available options.
For more information, please contact the Provincial Coordinator (Search & Rescue Society of BC) at 250-384-6696, www.sarbc.org, Arrowsmith Search & Rescue, www.asar.ca or the
Nanaimo Lifeline Program at www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/lifeline.
About Project Lifesaver International
Established in 1999, Project Lifesaver International (PLI) is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping families quickly find their loved ones who wander because of Alzheimer's, Down syndrome, dementia, and autism. Headquartered in Chesapeake, Va., Project Lifesaver works with local law enforcement agencies in more than 1,000 communities in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada to protect some of society's most vulnerable citizens. PLI provides training and support to all agencies and continues to work with organizations on education and awareness regarding the issue of wandering. Visit www.projectlifesaver.org.
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