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.