Project Lifesaver, Autism and Wandering

You may have read of recent news reports of autistic children who wandered off from home and were later found dead, often from drowning. To help with the wandering problem, Project Lifesaver was developed to help those with autism, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders who have wandered off to be brought home in a timely manner.

The company behind Project Lifesaver is Project Lifesaver International (PLI) which is a 501c3 non-profit organization. There are three components to their program:  Teaching search and rescue techniques;  applying “appropriate tracking technology;” and providing a basic understanding of autism, dementia and other cognitive disorders while certifying first responders in techniques to “assess and effectively manage the safe and comfortable return” of the individual with a brain disorder who wanders.

PLI has developed three possible options on how their program can be used.  Option 1 is the original Project Lifesaver International program where an agency makes the purchase and maintenance of all tracking equipment and transmitters. The agency making the purchase will maintain all of the information regarding the “at risk” individual and their family or caregiver (hereafter referred to as “client”) in the PLI database and are solely responsible for all of the financial transactions to PLI.

Option 2 is similar to option 1 in that an agency purchases the tracking equipment and gets training from Project Lifesaver International.  However, the client will purchase the transmitters and pay the monthly maintenance fee directly to PLI.  The agency maintains all of the client information instead of PLI and PLI only receives the information necessary in order to supply the necessary equipment to the client.

With Option 3, a client enrolls with Project Lifesaver directly, purchases the transmitters and does the monthly maintenance. The agency involvement is limited to PLI sharing with the agency the information needed on the “at risk” individual in the event of a search.

Source:  http://www.Projectlifesaver.org