Nursing Home Residents Prone to Wander Receive Tracking Bracelets From County

Emergency service officials in a neighboring state are kicking off a program to provide tracking bracelets for long-term-care residents with Alzheimer's disease that might cause them to wander off. "Project Lifesaver" as it is called, provides wrist or ankle bracelets containing radio transmitters that can help track down people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, or adults and children with autism who may leave their care facility and become lost.

The county became aware of the need for such devices when they looked at the large number of nursing home resident's diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The county has already begun buying the devices, which cost $300 per unit. They also have received monetary contributions from political candidates which they will use to buy additional tracking units. Each bracelet operates on a unique radio frequency so if the wearer becomes lost, emergency personnel can use special receivers to tune into the signal and zero in on the bracelet. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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