Project Lifesaver International Introduces a More Inclusive Approach for Public Safety Agency’s to Protect “At Risk” Individuals
Project Lifesaver is the premier Search & Rescue (SAR) program specifically designed for “At Risk” individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering.
There are three key components that make up the Project Lifesaver program; 1) teaching SAR techniques, 2) providing a basic understanding of dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism, and other cognitive conditions, giving Project Lifesaver certified first responder’s the tools to assess and effectively manage the safe and comfortable return of the “At Risk” individual and finally, 3) the application of the appropriate tracking technology.
Going forward, Project Lifesaver will be customizing both the program and the tracking technology that best meets the specific needs of the “At Risk” individual and their caregivers. We will do this by more effectively engaging and involving the caregivers. This approach will take both financial and human resource pressure off public safety organizations.
Today, the changes in the roles and responsibilities in the family and the continued advancement of technology have simply become a part of our lives. Understanding the multiple challenges that both caregivers and first responder agencies are facing, Project Lifesaver has developed and will have available a number of field tested and approved program options and devices that will give both the caregivers and the public safety agencies the ability to customize the tracking and monitoring solutions according to the specific needs and situation of the agency and individual.
(Agency discretion to mix and match program options according to clients specific needs)
Option 1 Both existing and new agencies will still have the option of the current Project Lifesaver International (PLI) program and guidelines. Purchasing and maintaining all tracking equipment and transmitters. The agency will obtain and maintain all information regarding the client, caregiver, etc., and maintain that information in the PLI database. Agencies will be solely responsible for all financial transactions with PLI for all aspects of the program.
Option 2 An agency can join the Project Lifesaver program and purchase the tracking equipment, accessories and training from PLI. The agency will also maintain the local program. Clients will purchase transmitters and pay the monthly maintenance directly to PLI. The agency will receive maintenance equipment from PLI for placement to the clients. The agency will obtain and maintain all information and provide PLI with only the information necessary for PLI to supply the agency with equipment for distribution to the client.
Option 3 An agency can join the Project Lifesaver program and purchase the tracking equipment, accessories and training from PLI. Clients will enroll with PLI, purchase transmitters and monthly maintenance from PLI. In this option, all monthly maintenance equipment will be sent directly to the client from PLI with the caregiver being responsible for the monthly maintenance. All client information will be obtained and maintained by PLI and shared with the local agency for their information and use in the event of a search.
“Our new approach, and the application of technology advances are the latest example of how our innovative program sets us apart from other organizations,” said Gene Saunders, Founder and CEO of Project Lifesaver International. “We are delighted that we will be providing multiple programs and tracking solutions that will help to address the specific challenges of individual caregivers of “At Risk” wanderers.”
This customized approach of technology in collaboration with local community first responders will provide the much needed support and peace-of-mind to the families and caregivers of our nations most vulnerable patients without putting an excessive drain on public safety budgets. This is only the beginning of the how Project lifesaver is adapting to the many changes in our society with the end goal of being more inclusive and helping Public Safety Agency’s Protect the “At Risk” Individuals in their communities.