RACINE — When people with autism or dementia wander away from home, time is of the essence in finding them.
To expedite the process and get people home safely, the Racine Police Department has partnered with area organizations to create a new Autism/Alzheimer/Dementia Elopement Alert Form, police announced Wednesday.
The form helps caretakers of a person with autism, Alzheimer’s or dementia inform the Racine Police Department and other first responders of the special needs related to the people who may wander or get lost, according to police.
The form includes questions about a person’s physical characteristics, as well as where the person is likely to go and the person’s interests.
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Completing and submitting the form is voluntary, but if people don’t want to turn it in, police encourage them to keep it in a convenient place so it’s accessible if needed.
“Urgency matters,” Racine Police Lt. Al Days said regarding the importance of the form. “We’ve had a couple missing adults from homes. This is necessary… Time is of the essence when it comes to these situations.”
The form can be found online at http://bit.ly/1VTtte3.
The form can also be obtained at the Racine Police Department, 730 Center St., or the Racine County Aging & Disability Resource Center, 14200 Washington Ave.