City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is available to help families in Upper Arlington who are caring for relatives that require extra oversight.

Thanks to generous contributions from Northwest Kiwanis, the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, the Hazelbaker Foundation, the Senior Advisory Council, Upper Arlington Commission on Aging, Upper Arlington Rotary, Tri-Village Sertoma Club, Abbington of Upper Arlington and many private donors, this important service can be offered for UA residents who are at risk of wandering away from home and becoming lost and disoriented as a result.

Developed in partnership with the Upper Arlington Commission on Aging, Project Lifesaver's mission is to use state-of-the-art technology in assisting those who care for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other related mental dysfunction disorders.  They include the elderly and even the youngest in our community who are afflicted with Down's Syndrome or Autism.

Members of the Police and Fire divisions have completed extensive training on the Project Lifesaver search techniques and equipment. 

Project Lifesaver participants wear a small battery-operated wristband that emits a trackable radio signal.  In the unfortunate event that the individual wanders away from home and becomes missing, all the caregiver needs to do is notify Police and the search begins.  Thanks to this specialized equipment and accompanying search techniques, the search for a missing person can be reduced from several hours to approximately 30 minutes.

If you are interested in donating funds to support Project Lifesaver, or wish to know more about this program, please contact Amy Schossler at the Upper Arlington Commission on Aging, at 614-583-5326.

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