It has been awhile since I have blogged about Spencer's Project Lifesaver bracelet. Recently I have had a few inquiries about it and thought it would be a good idea to talk about it again in a little more depth.
Just over three years ago, John and I made the decision to take our son's safety a step further. My original post can be found here. Spencer has no concern for his own safety. He knows no boundaries inside or outside. He would walk into a busy four lane highway with no regard for anything but whatever it was across the lanes that interested him. He would go out into below zero weather without socks or shoes if he thought I might be outside and wouldn't then think to come back in if he was cold. He would wander, not being able to tell someone his name if asked or know to call for help. This TERRIFIES me and John and I have adjusted our lives to make the chances of this happening the least possible. However, Spencer is not always with one of us. As much as we think we have covered every base to help protect him, we are shown often that our Spencer does things his way.
Project Lifesaver International helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation. Project Lifesaver has over 1,200 participating agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed 2,426 searches in the last 11 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. -taken from their official website.
Here is the bracelet Spencer wears 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While it a bit bulky, it is lightweight and doesn't hinder Spencer's activities at all. It is waterproof and can be worn on the wrist or ankle. In rare cases, also in a pocket of the person using it.
How it works: The transmitter works off of radio frequency waves. It is always on but only activated if someone were to call the police force saying Spencer was missing. So it is not a GPS unit and does not track your loved ones whereabouts on a continuous basis.
This is a tester we use to make sure the battery in the bracelet is working. An officer changes the battery once a month whether it is needed or not.
There is a small fee to start the program and then another small monthly fee to maintain the bracelet. A very small price to pay for an immediate response by law enforcement and the fire department if I were to call in that Spencer had gone missing.
My son's safety is and always will come first. It is worth the odd look or two we get when out in public. I appreciate when people ask instead of speculate or look at me like I am a bad mother or my son is contagious. My favorite one so far is "Hey, is your kid on house arrest?". Ha! In a way, yes.
You can't lose your sense of humor in this life; sometimes it's all we've got!
Project Lifesaver's official website: Project Lifesaver International
I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the bracelet. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it in the comment area. Remember this is not only for children, but adults too.