An initiative to help protect vulnerable individuals who are inclined to wander has launched in the city of Greenville.
Project Lifesaver is made possible due to a partnership between the Greenville City Fire Department (GCFD) and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. The program provides public safety agencies and caregivers with equipment and training to quickly locate individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, including those with Alzheimer’s, autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome.
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System awarded GCFD with a $20,000 Bon Secours Mission Fund grant to purchase equipment that will be provided to low-income families at no cost.
“We at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System understand that ministry is done best in collaboration with other organizations to meet the needs of the Greenville community.” – Alex Garvey, Senior Vice President of Mission at Bon Secours St. Francis
The grant from Bon Secours St. Francis Health System enabled GCFD to purchase 30 transmitters and four receivers.
City residents who receive Medicaid, Medicare or SNAP benefits are eligible to receive a transmitter and a year’s worth of batteries at no charge. Residents who do not meet the eligibility requirements can still participate in the program but will need to purchase or lease a transmitter directly from Project Lifesaver International. Caregivers can apply online here.
How Project Lifesaver works:
- Eligible applications will receive a Project Lifesaver kit, which includes a small transmitter that can be worn on the wrist or ankle.
- The device emits an individualized frequency signal 24 hours a day and if the person becomes missing, the caregiver would call 911 and provide the person’s unique frequency.
- Trained emergency responders equipped with receivers that emit audible signals indicating the proximity of the missing person’s transmitter would then be dispatched to their last known location.