Looking Out For One Another
It is estimated that 59% of people with Alzheimer's disease will wander and become lost. Other conditions such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Prader-Willi or traumatic brain injury can also create a tendency to wander or become lost.
Shoreline Police offers a free program to assist in the recovery of memory impaired persons who are lost or have wandered away from their residences or caregivers.
How To Register
- Call one of the Shoreline Police Department Neighborhood Centers:
West (206) 546-3636
East (206) 363-8424
Ask to register for the Memory Impaired Assistance Program.
- A trained officer or volunteer will arrange a time to meet with you and the memory impaired person at your location. A digital photo will be taken.
- Complete the registration form (you will be called to update this every six months).
- A *wristband will be placed on the registered person. On the band will be:
Memory Impaired Assistance Program
Shoreline Police Department
IF LOCATED, CALL 911
* Wristbands are latex-free, soft vinyl with snap closure.
What happens if a person wanders away or is found?
If a memory impaired person in the program wanders away, the family/caregiver will immediately call 911 to report it. Advise the 911 call receiver that the missing person is part of the Shoreline Memory Impaired Assistance Program and give the ID number. The 911 call receiver will have the police dispatcher send an officer to talk to the reporting person for more detail.
If a missing person wearing the Memory Impaired Assistance Program band is found, the reporting party will call 911, identify the missing person as a participant in the program with Shoreline Police and give the 911 call receiver the band ID number.
The 911 call receiver will dispatch an officer, who will contact the found person and confirm the registration information. The caregiver/family will be notified so that they can take them home and follow-up with any appropriate non-urgent medical attention.
PROJECT LIFESAVER DISCONTINUED
The Project Lifesaver program formerly offered by King County Search and Rescue, has been discontinued.
There are a number of products geared at locating wandering individuals that you may want to investigate further. These programs are not administered by King County Search and Rescue.
Adiant Solutions S-911 GPS Bracelet
Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Breadcrumb
ZoomBak Personal GPS Locators *not marketed for people with memory impairment
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