Project Lifesaver

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. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.

Working hand in hand with trained public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver International (PLI) will help you save time, money and most importantly, your loved ones.

How to Enroll in Project Lifesaver

Enrollment applications can be obtained by calling (845) 808-4300 ext. 42385. Your enrollment application must be completed and submitted to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department at 3 County Center, Carmel NY 10512. Once your application is reviewed, an appointment will be made for a home visit by a Project Lifesaver specialist from the Sheriff’s Department.

How to Purchase the Project Lifesaver Equipment

The purchase of enrollment equipment is coordinated through the Sheriff’s Department once the client’s application has been approved.

Cost to Enroll

The transmitter, transmitter case, transmitter tester, battery and wristband costs $300.00 (approximately) plus tax and shipping, if the Sheriff’s Department does not have any available. The battery and wristband has to be changed every other month.

Monthly Maintenance

Bi-monthly battery and wristband s may be requested by calling the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department at (845) 808-4300 to make an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Project Lifesaver?

Project LifeSaver is a rapid-response program that aids clients (and their families) who wander as a result of cognitive impairments, or other afflictions.

Who sponsors Project Lifesaver?

Project Lifesaver is sponsored by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and The Friends of the Senior Citizens of Putnam County.

How does Project Lifesaver work?

The program combines technology and specially trained Sheriff’s Deputies to locate individuals who have wandered. Project Lifesaver clients wear a “watch-type” wristband transmitter (worn on the wrist, ankle or as a necklace), which emits a tracking signal. When a caregiver calls the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department to report that a client has wandered, a search team responds to the wanderer’s area and, while in route, activates the vehicles mobile locator tracking system. A hand-held unit is used to search for clients in areas inaccessible by vehicles.

How much does Project Lifesaver cost?

There is a one-time cost of approximately $300 (plus tax and shipping) for the transmitter, tester, battery and wristband strap if the Sheriff’s Department does not have any available.

How long does it take to enroll in Project Lifesaver?

Applications can be requested by calling (845) 808-4300 ext. 42385. A Sheriff’s Deputy will then meet with the potential client/caregiver/family member making certain that the area is safe for the potential client and to assist with the necessary paperwork and instructions.

How long does it take for the Project Lifesaver program to begin?

After you have met with a member of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and your application has been accepted the program starts immediately (transmitters may take up to 2-4 weeks to ship).

How is the initial equipment purchased?

The purchase of Enrollment Equipment will be coordinated through the Sheriff’s Department once the client’s application is approved.

How is monthly maintenance eqpuipment purchased?

Caregiver requests for batteries and wristbands, for monthly maintenance can be coordinated by calling (845) 808-4300 ext. 42385 or by email Deputy Michael Schmidt.

What happens if someone wanders?

Caregivers must IMMEDIATELY notify the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department by Calling (845) 808-4300.

How long does it take to locate a missing client?

Nationally, response times vary, but average under 30 minutes.

How frequently should a transmitter battery be changed?

Batteries emit a signal every second (24/7) and must be changed bi-monthly.

Is the transmitter waterproof?

Yes. Clients can shower and swim while wearing the transmitter.

Is the client’s transmitting equipment covered by insurance as a medical necessity?

Check with your insurance carrier.

What happens if something goes wrong with my equipment?

Call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department immediately at (845) 808-4300.

What happens if the transmitter is lost?

Call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department immediately at (845) 808-4300.

Are there other Project Lifesaver programs?

Project Lifesaver has over 1,400 participating member agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Is there a guarantee that a person wearing a Project Lifesaver transmitter will be located?

Client searches involve different variables and incidents are unpredictable. Project Lifesaver has over 3,000 searches over the last 16 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department feels Project Lifesaver equipment and established procedures greatly increases the likelihood of “Bringing Your Loved Ones Home” safely.

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