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Project Lifesaver, Police assist find, return dementia patient

Web posted on April 01, 2020

On March 31st, 2020, at 6:15am, an 88 year old male with Dementia went missing from a nursing home located near the intersection of Gordon Street and Clairfields Drive West in the City of Guelph.

The male is a part of Project Lifesaver Guelph Wellington. Numerous officers were sent to the area and Project Lifesaver equipment was utilized. Officers soon located a signal for the male using the equipment and were approaching his location.

At 6:50am, police located the male near the intersection of Gordon Street and Poppy Drive East.

He was found to be unharmed and did not require medical attention. He was then returned back to the nursing home safely.

Project Lifesaver Guelph Wellington assists caregivers and responds to the challenges of keeping loved ones safe when they wander due to Alzheimer's, Autism, Dementia or other forms of cognitive impairment.

Participants wear a battery-operated bracelet that sends an FM radio signal 24 hours a day. It even works in areas such as buildings and forests.

Volunteers from Victim Services Wellington visit each client once a month to change the battery.

When a caregiver tells their local police service that a client has gone missing, trained police officers will use Project Lifesaver equipment to search for and locate the missing person.

  • Time it takes to find missing people with Project Lifesaver average 30 minutes 95% less time than without.
  • Project Lifesaver has a 100% find rate.

Project Lifesaver does not replace the position of a caregiver, but it is a tool that can save lives and reduce stress felt by family members.

There is a startup fee to join the program as well as a monthly cost to maintain the equipment.

For additional information on Project Lifesaver, please contact Victim Services Wellington at (519) 824-1212 ext. 7205.