Bringing loved ones home
Project Lifesaver – Scott County, Iowa is a program that provides a tracking system to locate individuals who have the tendency to wander and become lost.
How does it work?
Individuals enrolled in the program wear a bracelet on the wrist or ankle that emits a radio signal every second. A local law enforcement response team utilizes tracking equipment that picks up this signal that is specific and personalized for each individual.
Who can utilize the program?
Any person in Scott County, Iowa who has the tendency to wander can benefit from the program. Persons with dementia and related disorders are candidates for the bracelets, as well as children with Down’s Syndrome, autism, and other related disorders and medical conditions.
Why should someone participate in Project Lifesaver – Scott County, Iowa?
Peace of mind for caregivers is a primary reason for enrollment in the program. It alleviates the anxiety associated with wandering habits of loved ones.
What happens when an enrollee wanders?
The caregiver notifies the local law enforcement agency and a search is initiated using trained and certified tracking personnel. Search times are reduced from hours and days to minutes.
Who sponsors the program?
Project Lifesaver – Scott County, Iowa is sponsored by Sheriff Dennis Conard and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.
How do I enroll someone?
To enroll in the program, call the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 326-8217 to speak with a program coordinator. The process and the requirements of enrollment will be explained before a bracelet is provided.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the transmitter (bracelet) is $300 and a $10 monthly maintenance fee is charged for battery replacement and ensuring the equipment is working. A payment plan of $35 per month is available, covering the cost of the bracelet and the monthly maintenance fee.
Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the initial and/or ongoing costs.
Are there other Project Lifesaver programs?
Project Lifesaver was started in Chesapeake, Virginia and is now in 21 states and Canada. Over 1,000 successful searches have been conducted.