OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Office for the Aging is sponsoring a new program to provide a Project Lifesaver tracking device to adults with dementia disorders.
The Office for the Aging will cover the cost for the first year of a Project Lifesaver unit to people who meet the program guidelines.
Project Lifesaver is a public safety program to locate missing persons suffering from dementia-type disorders.
Each participant is fitted with a personalized wristband that emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day.
The signal can be tracked by specially-trained personnel on the ground or in the air.
“Project Lifesaver gives family members peace of mind that their loved one can be found should they wander off,” said Elizabeth Weimer, coordinator of caregiver services for the Oswego County Office for the Aging. “On average nationally, the recovery time of a client who has gone missing with the Project Lifesaver bracelet is 30 minutes.”
The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team are trained to use Project Lifesaver equipment in Oswego County.
The program has been highly successful in locating adults and children who have wandered off.
To qualify for the Project Lifesaver program through the Office for the Aging, the person who wanders must be 18 years of age or older; have a valid Medicaid number; and have a caregiver.
The unit costs approximately $311 for the first year.
The Office for the Aging will cover the cost for the first year for families who meet the above criteria.
After the first year, the cost to the family to keep the unit in the home is approximately $8 a month.
“We are happy to speak with you to see if you meet our qualifications, and then set up an appointment to come to your home to assist with the application process,” said Weimer.
Consent must be given for the unit and referral.
A portion of the application must be notarized.
The OFA staff will also assist with finding a nearby notary.
Those who are interested in the program or who have questions may contact Weimer at 315-349-3570.
Additional information on Project Lifesaver is available at http://www.projectlifesaver.org/