Project Lifesaver

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What is Project Lifesaver?
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Lifesaver Band
Lifesaver Receiver

Project Lifesaver is a rapid-response program that saves lives and reduces potential injury by quickly locating adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia, or other related conditions.

How does Project Lifesaver work?

Clients enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around their wrist or ankle that emits a unique tracking signal. If the client goes missing, the caregiver notifies the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and a trained search team responds to the wanderer’s last known area. On average, Project Lifesaver clients are located within 30 minutes.

Who can enroll in Project Lifesaver?
Any adult or child who meets all of the following criteria:
• Lives in Durham County
• Has a physician-diagnosed brain disorder

• Is known to wander away from caregivers

Project Lifesaver Brochure [PDF]

Project Lifesaver Client Application Profile 

Project Lifesaver User Agreement 


Durham Autism Society

Project Lifesaver International

Alzheimer's Association - Eastern NC Chapter


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  • I've turned in the application, how long before my loved one is enrolled in Project Lifesaver?
  • I've been placed on the wait list, but I don't want to wait and I have the means to purchase a transmitter, may I do so?
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