Memory Impaired Assistance Program

Monday, February 1, 2016

It is estimated that 59% of people with Alzheimer's disease will wander and become lost. Other conditions such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Prader-Willi or traumatic brain injury can also create a tendency to wander or become lost.

Shoreline Police offers a free program to assist in the recovery of memory impaired persons who are lost or have wandered away from their residences or caregivers.

How to Register
  1. Call the Shoreline Police Crime Prevention Office at 206-801-2764. Ask to register for the Memory Impaired Assistance Program.
  2. A trained volunteer will arrange a time to meet with you and the memory impaired person at your location. A digital photo will be taken (both face and full length).
  3. Complete the registration form (you will be called to update this every six months).
  4. A wristband will be placed on the registered person. On the band will be:

What happens if a person wanders away or is found?

If a memory impaired person in the program wanders away, the family / caregiver will immediately call 911 to report it. Advise the 911 call receiver that the missing person is part of the Shoreline Memory Impaired Assistance Program and give the ID number.

The 911 call receiver will have the police dispatcher send an officer to talk to the reporting person for more detail. If a missing person wearing the Memory Impaired Assistance Program band is found, the reporting party will call 911, identify the missing person as a participant in the program with Shoreline Police and give the 911 call receiver the band ID number.

The 911 call receiver will dispatch an officer who will contact the found person and confirm the registration information. The caregiver / family will be notified so that they can take them home and follow-up with any appropriate non-urgent medical attention.


Post a Comment

We encourage the thoughtful sharing of information and ideas. We expect comments to be civil and respectful, with no personal attacks or offensive language. We reserve the right to delete any comment.

  © Blogger template The Professional Template II by 2009

Back to TOP