ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT FOUND WITH LIFESAVER BRACELET SYSTEM

ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT FOUND WITH LIFESAVER BRACELET SYSTEM

Deputies of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, equipped with a radio-frequency tracking device, located an Alzheimer’s patient living in the Picacho Hills area who had apparently wandered away from supervision.

The husband and nurse of the 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient could not find her throughout their home on the 6600 block of Vista Hermosa. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 6:30 to the residence. The woman is a recipient of a Project Lifesaver tracking bracelet, which emits a radio wave detectable by a mobile locator used by the sheriff’s department.

Within seven minutes of activating the radio-frequency mobile locator, the woman was found in the closet of a corner bedroom of the house. The closet’s folding doors had been shut from the inside, and the woman was healthy but apparently disoriented when deputies found her.

Each waterproof bracelet emits a specific radio wave assigned to the patient. When a patient is reported missing, a sheriff’s department shift supervisor or deputy trained to use the mobile locator will arrive at the patient’s last known location and follow the mobile locator’s tracking beacon until the patient is found. All deputies are trained to use the mobile locator, which tracks the bracelet within a 5-mile radius, and can also be used from an aircraft.

For more information, call Grant A. Taylor, assistant to the director of public information, at (505) 647-7290. Anyone calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7290.