Right at Home, a private duty home health agency, Bahia Oaks Lodge, a Brookdale Senior Living Community and Plymouth Harbor’s Smith Center, a skilled nursing facility have teamed up to raise money to support Project Lifesaver.
Project Lifesaver is a national program implemented by the Sarasota Police Department locally that equips a person with a special wrist bracelet containing a small transmitter that can emit a signal for law enforcement officers to track when someone is missing.
More than 100,000 people in Sarasota suffer from Alzheimer’s or related dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 percent of them are prone to wandering. Public safety experts have determined that if not found within 24 hours the likelihood of serious injury or death increases exponentially. To prevent such catastrophe Sarasota residents can turn to Project Lifesaver.
The cost of the system is $275 and 40 percent of the recipients cannot afford the price. With the support of the three Sarasota companies dedicated to serving the senior community and especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, the possibility for offering the device to more families is now a possibility.
Project Lifesaver was a favorite cause of former Bahia Oaks Lodge Marketing Director, Debbie Hibler, who passed away unexpectedly this summer. Michael Juceam, Owner of Right at Home, stated, “last year Right at Home, Bahia Oaks Lodge and Plymouth Harbor led an effort that raised several thousand dollars and included several scholarships for bracelets. We want to do even more this year.”
Barbara Boonstra, Executive Director of Bahia Oaks Lodge, Project Lifesaver was close to Debbie’s heart. We believe there is no better way for her to be remembered than though the support of Project Lifesaver,
People interested in signing up can contact:
Sarasota Police Officer Ford Snodgrass
Project Lifesaver Coordinator
Support Project Lifesaver!
3rd Annual Project Lifesaver Fundraiser
Bahia Oaks Lodge
2186 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL
4 to 6 pm
Wine and Hors’doevres
For more information about the event, visit: Sarasota County Aging Network