With the change of seasons, individuals who suffer from cognitive disorders have a tendency to wander. When an individual wanders off, often they are unable to identify themselves, communicate their needs, or share personal information that can help identify them. The Quincy Police Department has several programs that can assist:
The H.E.L.P. program is free and it is simple to register. An officer will set up an appointment with the individual to take a digital photo and then complete the application. Each individual will receive a gray rubber bracelet with the inscription, “H.E.L.P. 617 479 1212.” With this information, the Police Department could locate the missing person quicker by distributing the individual’s picture and information to Patrol Officers and emergency personnel. Ideally, a citizen, who recognizes that an individual is having a problem and is wearing the bracelet, would call the Quincy Police. Officers will be able to cross – reference the information and safely return the individual to their home or medical facility.
If I Need Help
When a loved one wanders off, often they are unable to identify themselves and do not ask for help or carry an ID. They are usually unable to communicate their needs, share personal information and what might be done to help calm them. #IfINeedHelp offers personal wearable QR Codes that immediately alert the public that "Here is a person that needs help" & how to help them. This information can be accessed by whoever needs it at the time. A Policeman, jogger or anyone who scans them can find basic information quickly from the individual's public site. This program is free. https://ifineedhelp.org/
Project Lifesaver is part of a national non-profit program to locate and rescue missing persons who have wandered due to “Alzheimer’’ or related conditions such as autism and/or dementia. Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter on the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. There is a fee for this program. http://www.projectlifesaver.org/
If you would like information on any of these programs, please contact Lt. Dan Minton at 617-745-5719 (8am-4pm) or Carol Flynn at 617-745-5831 (4pm-12am)