People with Alzheimer's disease sometimes lose the ability to recognize familiar places, to communicate or to remember their own name or address. They may leave home, become confused and get lost. This can be dangerous for people with the disease and worrisome for caregivers. But there is help.
Safely home is a nation wide program designed to help find the person who is lost and assist in a safe return home. Developed by the Alzheimer Society of Canada in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a registry stores vital information confidentially on a police database.
How does Safely Home work?
When a registrant goes missing….. The caregiver calls the local police. Accessing the computer database, the police will find pertinent information about the registrant including personal history, physical characteristics and locations where the person is known to visit. It is important for caregivers to keep an up-to-date photo of the registrant on hand.
When a registrant is found…. The police use the identification number from the persons ID bracelet to search the computer database. They determine where the person lives and who to contact, and ensure that the person is returned Safely Home.
How do I register?
Registration is voluntary. Simply contact the Alzheimer Society. For a fee of $35, the registrant will receive an identification bracelet and identification cards.
Register online here: http://www.alzheimer.ca/english/safelyhome/register.htm