City Police Partner with MedicAlert Foundation to Provide Free Medical IDs and Services to Community Members At-Risk for Wandering

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, in partnership with MedicAlert Foundation, has announced a free program aimed to protect community members with dementia and autism who are at-risk for wandering emergencies. Through the new program, the Poughkeepsie PD will now be able to enroll City of Poughkeepsie residents (and their caregivers), via an online portal, into the MedicAlert national registry/database to receive a free medical identification bracelet and free 24/7 emergency support services.

While the wandering statistics for Alzheimer’s disease and autism are staggering (6 in 10 adults with Alzheimer’s or related dementia will wander, and 50% of individuals with autism spectrum disorders will engage in elopement behavior); MedicAlert has been hailed as an important part of the overall safety plan for families with a loved one at-risk of wandering. The charity reports that there is a 98% success rate for locating missing persons when MedicAlert products and services are utilized.

MedicAlert has developed specialized services to address wandering emergencies: MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® is for individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, and MedicAlert Found® is for children and adults with autism spectrum and developmental disorders. These services are being offered at no charge to community members, along with a free MedicAlert identification bracelet. “We know that wandering is a grave concern for families, especially those with loved ones who have a dementia or autism spectrum diagnosis,” says David Leslie, President and CEO for MedicAlert Foundation. “Therefore, we are pleased to work with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department to further protect their community members who are at risk.”

“We are very fortunate to be able to provide this service to some of our most vulnerable residents and I would like to thank the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, but especially the MedicAlert Foundation for helping us with this lifesaving program,” stated City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

Free Medical ID & 24/7 Services

Families that are interested in obtaining the free medical ID and 24/7 services should contact Christopher Bodin of the City of Poughkeepsie PD at 845-451-4104 or visit http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/medicalert/

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive, and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert Foundation medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. MedicAlert Foundation’s L.E.A.P. program is a nation-wide program available to all law enforcement agencies who wish to protect their community members who are at-risk for wandering, visit www.medicalert.org/leap for more information.