A program designed to assist caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and dementia received another boost Monday.by Mike Fornes from Cheboygan News:
CHEBOYGAN -- A program designed to assist caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and dementia received another boost Monday.
Burnie Myers from the Cheboygan County United Way presented a $1,400 check to Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont to purchase four additional Project Lifesaver bracelets.
Project Lifesaver, a program designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions who tend to wander from home, was originally obtained with funds from a federal grant in 2011.
“When a person goes missing, caregivers need to call 911,” Clarmont said. “The Cheboygan County Search and Rescue Team has been specifically trained to respond, set up and utilize the equipment to locate those that wander. The average rescue time is around 30 minutes for people equipped with the bracelets.”
Clarmont said the team averages between 15 and 20 calls for service each year. The service is available for Cheboygan County residents.
“Our goal is to obtain at least 10 transmitters for use in our county,” Clarmont explained. “Time becomes the enemy in locating people who wander and because of this program we are able to provide a service that gives peace of mind to the families of those afflicted.”
Anyone interested in the program is urged to contact Detective Todd Ross at 627-3155.
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