Service Will Track Dementia and Autism Patients in Winnebago County for Free

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It’s an all-too common occurrence which can be frightening for families and frustrating for police: a family member suffering from dementia or autism wanders away from home with no clues as to where they may be, a potentially life-threatening event.

Now, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with ‘MedicAlert Foundation’ has announced a free program aimed to protect those who are at-risk for wandering emergencies.  The new program allows the Winnebago county Sheriff’s Department to enroll county residents and their caregivers into the MedicAlert national registry and also receive a free medical identification bracelet and free 24/7 emergency support services.

The Sheriff’s Office says 6 in 10 adults with Alzheimer’s or related dementia will wander, and 50% of individuals with autism spectrum disorders will leave as well.  The ‘MedicAlert Foundation’ reports that there is a 98% success rate for location missing person when MedicAlert products and services are utilized.

Those who qualify can register online here and can register at the upcoming Safety Safari event held at OSF Hospital on May 20, 2017.  More information can also be found at www.medicalert.org/leap.

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