In 2010, The Tulare County Sheriff's Office announced it's partnership with the Wandering Back Hom Foundation in the form of Project Lifesaver. The goal was to form a partnership that "bridges the technological gap" for those at risk of wandering away from their residence and signigicantly lessening the time and resources it takes to find those individuals. Project Lifesaver International (PLI) helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome, dementia and other related disorders. They provide equipment, training, certification, and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations, and community groups which work in tandem with the Project Lifesaver program and representatives in their community.
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility, and one that may include the efforts of many agencies and individuals, as well as many hours of searching on the part of officials and volunteers and emotional stress on the part of family members. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. Project Lifesaver has the capability to cut the average search time by more than 90% to an average of thirty minutes. Every minute saved is a minute that the individual in danger cannot cause harm to themselves or others, and is another minute they are safe in the comfort of their residence.
Please follow the links to find out more about Project Lifesaver Internation, local efforts, and how you can get involved or how you can help those at risk in your life.