For families with loved ones suffering from lifelong, degenerative diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s, the fear of their loved ones getting lost or wandering away poses countless dangers. Families need to be aware of the potential for this happening and prepare for it ahead of time in order to avert a crisis situation in the event their loved one gets lost.
An Alzheimer’s sufferer who wanders off could face serious danger and possible death due to their confusion and memory loss. Traffic, weather and exposure to extreme conditions, or becoming lost in an unfamiliar place are some of the many threats that occur in such a situation.
Searching for a loved one who may have wandered off can also cost tens of thousands of dollars for local law enforcement – as vital resources are used to locate someone. Luckily, with advances in technology and locator devices, GPS locator bracelets and necklaces can be worn to provide up-to-date location information.
Nationwide, close to 2,300 people have been found using a service where law enforcement and county government officials provide easy to wear GPS bracelets to Alzheimer’s sufferers. Wandering off and getting lost is not just a problem for Alzheimer’s patients, as those who suffer from Down syndrome, dementia, and other cognitive diseases are at a higher risk of getting lost.
This is why programs like Project Lifesaver have been created. Started in 1999, Project Lifesaver is set up through private-care hospitals, law enforcement, fire departments, and even veteran’s facilities. Local citizens can voluntarily enroll in the program and are only required to wear a small bracelet on their ankle or wrist. This emits a signal to help track them if they go missing.
The great thing is many of these programs are relatively cheap. Project Lifesaver can cost as low as $25 per month, depending on the county. Other programs like Comfort Zone, can cost around $43 a month. Ultimately, these bracelets cut down on the cost for law enforcement, and provide an instant location for a loved one suffering from a degenerative disease, reducing the risk of accident or death.
Alzheimer’s home care provides a trained and loving caregiver to meet the specific needs of your elderly loved one with cognitive disabilities. This gives you the peace of mind knowing she is getting the day to day help she needs.
Angel Alliance Caregivers of Galloway, NJ is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (609) 965-0028.
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