An effort to reunite lost or wandering individuals is the focus of a new partnership between Winnipeg police at the MedicAlert Foundation Canada.
The two announced Thursday the MedicAlert Connect Protect program will give officers 24-hour access to a person’s photo, identity and past wandering history in order to reunite them with family or a caregiver.
Those living with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a cognitive brain injury can quickly receive the attention they need when they wander off.
“The first of its kind in Manitoba, MedicAlert Connect Protect will safeguard Winnipeg-area MedicAlert subscribers through the valuable MedicAlert protection. In an emergency situation, Winnipeg Police Service officers will have access to vital information that will save valuable time and unnecessary worry from family members and caregivers, and which may be necessary to save a life,” said Robert Ridge, president and CEO of MedicAlert.
Three registration sessions are taking place in Winnipeg to launch MedicAlert Connect Protect. The first 50 subscribers will receive their first year of service and a MedicAlert ID at no cost.
Registration is open today at Polo Park Shopping Centre until 9 p.m., at St. Vital Centre on Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Kildonan Place on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.