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Project Lifesaver

In Renfrew County, Project Lifesaver is helping to reduce the risk of wandering for people living with dementia.

Speed to Safety

Project Lifesaver combines radio technology with coordinated police response to locate wandering and disoriented people due to cognitive issues like dementia. With an average rescue time of 30 minutes, Project Lifesaver can reduce the potential for injury and save lives.

How does it work?

Participants in the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers of registered participants notify 911 that their loved one is missing, a specialized law enforcement Search and Rescue Team responds, searching the area where the individual was last seen, making use of a mobile-location tracking system.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Risk of wandering due to a diagnosis of dementia or another cognitive impairment
  • Reside with, and is monitored by a caregiver
  • Reside in the catchment area serviced by Renfrew O.P.P.
  • Restricted from operating a motor vehicle
    For more information and to register


About Project Lifesaver

Established in 1999, Project Lifesaver currently counts some 1,600 participating member agencies in 50 U.S. states, 9 Canadian provinces, and Australia. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to use state of the art technology to assist in search and rescue efforts for those who wander.

A joint initiative of:

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

Renfrew O.P.P.

The Lions Clubs of Arnprior, Beachburg, Calabogie, Douglas, and Renfrew

Project Lifesaver International

Download the Project Lifesaver Brochure Here

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