Free MedicAlert Now Available to Santa Clara Residents

The statistics are staggering – 6 in 10 adults with Alzheimer’s or related dementia will wander.

All too often wandering stories turn into tragedy and heartbreak for families and their communities. That is why the Santa Clara Police and Fire Departments along with the MedicAlert Foundation are now providing free medical IDs and services to residents who are at-risk for wandering.

The Law Enforcement Agency Portal (LEAP) is an online database where officers register community members with cognitive disabilities where wandering is prevalent. The people who are registered are then issued a free MedicAlert bracelet or necklace with their medical history and family contact information on it.

If a citizen or emergency personnel finds the person with dementia, they can call the toll-free number listed on person’s MedicAlert jewelry. MedicAlert will notify the listed contacts, making sure the person is returned home.

Enrollees in the Santa Clara Police and Fire Departments program are eligible to receive a free MedicAlert medical identification and emergency support services. Three options exist – bracelet, necklace or shoe tag.

In addition, if an individual with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost, caregivers can also call the 24-hour emergency response line (1.800.625.3780) to report it. A community support network will be activated, including local Alzheimer Association chapters and law enforcement agencies, to help reunite the person who wandered with the caregiver or a family member. With this service, critical medical information will be provided to emergency responders when needed.

Family members of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and/or developmental disorders are encouraged to enroll their loved one at the Santa Clara Police Building (601 El Camino Real). No RSVP is necessary.

For more information contact the Santa Clara Police Department at (408) 615-4700.

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