Virginia Assisted Living Facility Launches Resident Tracking Device Program

A Virginia assisted-living facility has partnered with police to become the first facility in the area to automatically enroll residents with memory problems in an electronic tracking program. The Project Lifesaver effort, operated by the police department, will provide 20 residents with monitoring bracelets for a six month period. 

Project Lifesaver International works with law enforcement agencies across the country to provide the tracking devices. When a resident with a tracking device goes missing, the police receivers can be tuned to find the missing resident's signal. The project coordinator the technology allows them to protect people with memory impairments such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease or with autism.

The facility participating in the pilot program is one where residents come and go as they please. The residents receiving the tracking bracelets will receive them for free. Outside of the pilot program, the city charges $9 a month for the service. A representative of the nursing home said they hope this is one additional way to allow the residents to maintain their independence. 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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