Keeping Barrie’s Most Vulnerable Safe

Project Lifesaver begins

The onset of winter and the colder weather has amped up the concern for vulnerable persons in Barrie – those ar risk of wandering off and getting lost, sometimes with tragic results.

Barrie Police have teamed up with Senior Helpers in Barrie on Project Lifesaver.

Those who are registered with the program are outfitted with a wristband that emits a signal that can be tracked by police in the event someone goes missing.

It’s a time-saving initiative when time is of the essence.

 “We want all families and caregivers for vulnerable persons to be aware of this incredibly useful program. We know that families of those living with conditions like Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Autism may not be aware of the services that are out there to support them and their loved ones. Belonging to Project Lifesaver can be very comforting for these caregivers who are worried that their loved one may wander off.”
–  said Randy Starr, Senior Helpers

The wristbands are secure and difficult to remove. Volunteers from Georgian Bay Search and Rescue visit every 60 days to check and change the device’s batteries and ensure the wristband is in working order.

The cost of the transmitter, bracelets and batteries is $500 for the year. After the first year, there is a $10 per month or $120 annual cost for replacement batteries and wristbands. Senior Helpers will meet with potential participants and their caregivers to provide and properly fit the bracelets and transmitters.

Call 1-249-888-0249 to book an appointment.

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