Cellular-based Wearable Locator Bracelet by EmFinders® Helps to Reunite 71-year-old Man with Family Members in Less than an Hour
QUEENS, N.Y., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A New York City man with Alzheimer's disease is now safely back in the care of his family thanks to the quick action of the Queens Police Department and the help of a wearable locator device called EmSeeQ® that rapidly locates missing children and adults with cognitive conditions.
On Friday, 71-year-old Lorree Coulter wandered away from his home. After a 45-minute search by family members to locate him, they called EmFinders to activate Coulter's EmSeeQ wearable locator bracelet. Using the signal emanating from the EmSeeQ device to determine his whereabouts, officers from the Queens Police Department were able to locate and recover Coulter just 45 minutes later. He had wandered about 3/4 of a mile from home.
"We are so grateful for the EmSeeQ device and the assistance of the Queens PD in bringing Dad back home," said Lorree's son Donald Coulter. "If it hadn't been for the bracelet, it might have been hours or even days before we found him, and there's a good chance he may have gotten hurt. It's a relief to know that if this should ever happen again, the EmSeeQ bracelet really does work quickly to locate him and help us bring him home safely."
Wandering behavior occurs in about 60 percent of individuals with Alzheimer's and is a source of constant worry and stress among caregivers who fear letting their loved one out of their sight for even just a moment. Each year, numerous elopement cases involving Alzheimer's patients end in serious injury due to falls or exposure to the elements, or even death. Some go missing for weeks or months at a time, often to a tragic conclusion.
Because EmSeeQ works so quickly, the device not only saves precious time—which could mean the difference between life or death for patients with autism or Alzheimer's disease—but also reduces the manpower and costs associated with the search and rescue effort.
The EmSeeQ bracelet is engaged when a caregiver reports the individual missing and contacts EmFinders to activate the device. The bracelet then places a cellular call to the local 911 emergency response center, which uses the nationwide U-TDOA triangulation technology to accurately determine the wearer's location.
With nationwide coverage, EmSeeQ works anywhere there is a cell phone signal, even inside buildings or in environments that would typically interfere with standard GPS locators. The system has been used to locate and rescue numerous individuals in California, New York, Texas and Virginia, allowing them to be safely returned within minutes to the care of their loved ones.
The wristwatch-style EmSeeQ device is discreet, yet secure, providing much-needed and affordable peace of mind to caregivers. The EmSeeQ bracelet is available in two different styles: a watchband-type device with a traditional buckle, and a clasp-style that requires two hands to remove for added security. The location service costs just $25 per month, less than the cost of most typical cellular telephone services.
For more information about the EmSeeQ device, visit www.emfinders.com.
EmFinders, based in Frisco, TX, is a new technology company that has developed a device and subscription service for locating people with Alzheimer's or other impaired adults and children who wander and become lost. The wearable device and locator service uses advanced cellular technology to locate lost individuals, even if they wander inside a building, under a structure or just about anywhere. The device becomes activated on remote command and the locator service works in coordination with emergency responders. EmFinders is a privately held subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital group (NASDAQ: LCAPA), which owns a broad range of electronic retailing, media, communications and entertainment businesses. For more information, visit www.emfinders.com.