MedicAlert Connect Protect service will help Edmonton Police officers reunite lost or wandering individuals with their families
Edmonton, Alberta, October 20, 2017 – A partnership between the Edmonton Police Service and MedicAlert Foundation Canada will help officers quickly reunite lost or missing individuals living with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a cognitive brain injury with their family or caregivers.
A partnership between the Edmonton Police Service and MedicAlert Foundation Canada will help officers quickly reunite lost or missing individuals living with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a cognitive brain injury with their family or caregivers.
MedicAlert Connect Protect
gives police officers 24-hour access to a registered subscriber’s photo, identity, past wandering history, and other vital emergency information through their MedicAlert medical IDs.
This information will help officers search more efficiently, increasing the chances that those who go missing are reunited with their loved ones sooner. Officers called to an emergency involving a MedicAlert subscriber will also have access to vital information which may be necessary to save a life.
“The Edmonton Police is proud to partner with MedicAlert to bring the Connect Protect service to the Edmonton community, which will ultimately increase the safety of people living with serious medical conditions who go missing throughout Alberta’s capital city,” said Acting EPS Chief Greg Preston.
“When an officer comes across a lost or missing person living with one of these serious medical conditions, they will now be able to quickly and efficiently check the individual’s bracelet and contact EPS Communications/Dispatch for critical information.”
The service will also provide officers with information that could ultimately save their lives.
“It’s critical that we’re able to find and recognize wandering or unidentified people as quickly and efficiently as possible, both to protect our subscribers and also to save police resources,” explains Robert Ridge, President and CEO of MedicAlert.”
“The first of its kind in Alberta, MedicAlert Connect Protect
will safeguard Edmonton MedicAlert subscribers through the valuable MedicAlert protection. In an emergency situation, Edmonton Police will have access to vital information that will save valuable time and unnecessary worry from family members and caregivers.”
MedicAlert will be holding two registration sessions in Edmonton this weekend.
Saturday, October 21, 11am – 5pm (MDT)
Kingsway Garden Mall (near the food court)
109 Street and Kingsway
Specifically for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia:
Sunday, October 22, 12pm – 5pm (MDT)
Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and the NWT
10531 Kingsway Avenue
For more information on the MedicAlert Connect Protect
service, visit medicalert.ca/connectprotect.
About MedicAlert Foundation Canada
MedicAlert Foundation Canada (MAFCA) is the largest membership-based registered charity in Canada and it is the leading provider of emergency medical information services. MedicAlert’s mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to high-quality health information at time of need, and has protected more than one million Canadians since 1961.
MedicAlert® is backed by robust electronic health records maintained by medically trained professionals, a state-of-the-art secure database, and a 24/7 Emergency Hotline that answers calls from emergency responder personnel in 140 languages within an average of 5 seconds, all linked to customized identification products for Canadians with medical conditions and special needs. Universally recognized and respected, MedicAlert speaks for you, when you can’t™.
Learn more about MedicAlert, how it works, and how you or a loved one can sign up to a service plan by visiting medicalert.ca
or calling 1.877.250.5739.
MedicAlert Foundation Canada:
Manager, Marketing, Partnerships
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
416-696-0142 ext 1139
Edmonton Police Service:
Media Relations Unit
Edmonton Police Service