MORRISTOWN, NJ - Are you caring for someone who has been diagnosed with a cognitive disorder? Do you wonder how you would find them if they wandered off?
Reduce anxiety and worry by signing up for The Project Lifesaver Program. It's free for Morris County residents.
The program, implemented by the Morris County Sheriff's Office, gives support to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for those suffering from Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome, Autism, dementia, brain trauma and cognitive disorders.
Project Lifesaver gives peace of mind and reassurance for the family, as well as saves time and manpower if an individual wanders off.
Participants in the Project Lifesaver program wear a special wrist or ankle bracelet equipped with a small transmitter which emits a signal that law enforcement can track when someone goes missing, said the Sheriff's Office. Search times have been reduced from days and hours, to minutes. Average recovery times are well under 30 minutes, they said.
Recently, Morris County Sheriff's Officer Travis Somerville found an elderly man with dementia in just seven minutes. Once the man was located, Officer Somerville walked the man home.