Free Smoke Detectors Available
Did you know children and seniors are at twice the risk of dying or being injured in a house fire? However, with a properly operating smoke alarm, the chances of surviving a fire improve by nearly 50%.Thanks to the efforts of the Stevens Point Fire Department, the Aging & Disability Resource Center and RSVP of Portage County, a supply of smoke alarms are available for installation in the homes of seniors or adults with disabilities who don't have them free of charge.  If your home is lacking a smoke alarm(s) or if the alarm(s) isn't working properly, please give Portage County RSVP a call.  Volunteers are available to help install alarms, replace alarm batteries and check existing alarms to ensure they're working properly and you are protected.

Project Lifesaver is a program that provides peace of mind to caregivers, aiding in the successful recovery of vulnerable adults and children with disabilities who wander off.

Project Lifesaver utilizes a comprehensive, rapid-response search and rescue system which involves the use of proven and reliable locator equipment and trained search teams. Individuals enrolled in the program wear a wristband that emits an individually assigned FM radio frequency. If the wearer wanders off and is reported missing, local law enforcement agents will respond to the area the individual was last known to be in and begin the search using the mobile locator tracking system. In many cases, search time has been reduced from hours and days to minutes.

Project Lifesaver of Portage County is open to any Portage County resident with a long term cognitive impairment (e.g. irreversible dementia, autism, Down syndrome), who is at high risk for wandering. To participate, applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Participants in the program pay a small monthly fee to cover program and equipment costs. Financial assistance may be available, if needed, to assist with the monthly cost.

Safe & Sound is a Portage County program to ensure the safety of adult community members who require supervision due to cognitive disabilities or progressive illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.Due to impaired judgment and cognitive abilities, these individuals have the potential to become disoriented and to place themselves in danger by wandering away from their home or those responsible for their care.In the event of an emergency involving one's caregiver, Safe & Sound helps to ensure the safety of the care receiver. Caregiver identification is provided to alert emergency responders that the injured person is responsible for the care of another. Law enforcement can then follow up with emergency contacts provided during program registration.
           How To Register
Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County  to make an apointment to meet with a Safe & Sound program volunteer. This person will help you complete a registration form, take a digital photograph of the person who is registering for Safe & Sound, and answer any questions you have about the program.Safe & Sound is offered as a public service. There is no fee to register. Pending the availability of funds, participants and families may be asked to contribute toward the cost of identifying jewelry or clothing labels.Safe & Sound is a collaborative effort on the part of these organizations:Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage CountyCommunity Care Connections of WisconsinPortage County Sheriff 's DepartmentSafe Return Alzheimer's AssociationStevens Point Police DepartmentVillage of Plover Police Department

Telecare is a telephone reassurance program for seniors and adults with disabilities who live alone. Telecare is a service offered free of charge by the Aging & Disability Resource Center to older adults and adults with disabilities in Portage County. Telecare also offers daily socialization for an older person and peace of mind to family and friends.

How does Telecare work?The Telecare office is located at Lincoln Center. Every weekday between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., an RSVP volunteer calls each participant. Weekend calls are made in cooperation with Salvation Army staff.

What if I won't be home for several days?Just let the Telecare volunteer know. The information will be passed on to the other volunteers.

What if I'm hurt and can't get to the phone?If you don't answer, the volunteer will call the two contact people you've chosen to be called in case of an emergency.The contact people are usually relatives or neighbors. Each should have a key to your home and be willing to go there to see if you're all right. If necessary, emergency personnel will be called.

What if neither contact person can be reached?The volunteer will first check with the hospital to see if you were recently admitted. If all else fails, the volunteer will request local law enforcement to go to your home and check on you.

Vital Information Program
VIP brings to the attention of emergency personnel all of an individual's important medical information-medical conditions, allergies, medications and advance directives-and personal information such as adaptive aids used, dependent care, pet care, etc.

The packet is kept on the refrigerator door so it can be easily found.

The program is free of charge. 

For more information about these programs or to register, please contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center by calling  715-346-1401 or 1-866-920-2525, email, or in person at Lincoln Center, 1519 Water Street, Stevens Point.
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