The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the implementation of Project Loved One, which will provide services to individuals suffering from neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and dementia.


The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the implementation of Project Loved One, which will provide services to individuals suffering from neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and dementia.
“Recently a deputy with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office located an elderly gentleman in Vernon Parish who appeared very disoriented and confused," Sheriff Sam Craft said in a press release. "The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was able to contact the individual’s family in a neighboring state, but only after significant investigation into the elderly gentleman’s background.  A family member of the gentleman traveled to Vernon Parish and transported the elderly man back to his home state. This work is very time consuming and does not always yield emergency contact information.  This registration will not only benefit the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, but will also benefit any additional law enforcement officers and agencies that may come into contact with lost or confused individuals.”
The program begins with registration of the person suffering from any neurological condition that could result in the individual becoming lost. Family members or concerned adults can contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office to schedule an appointment to register their loved one. All registrations will be conducted by appointment only from Dec. 12-19.
Individuals who have a need for this service after the registration dates can contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office as registration for new participants will be ongoing.
Once an appointment is scheduled, the individual will be fingerprinted, photographed and a detailed summary of medical history and emergency contact information will be obtained.
The information will be kept on file with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office in case the person becomes lost while traveling or wanders away from home.
“Too often the media reminds the public of tragedies which can occur involving persons who suffer from neurological impairments," Craft said. "This program is being established in an attempt to avoid tragedy and in an effort to help those who do not always possess the ability to help themselves.  I strongly encourage family members who have a loved one suffering  from a neurological impairment to schedule a registration appointment and provide as much emergency contact information and medical information as possible during the process.  This information could become vital in the instance that their loved one wonders away from a residence or becomes disoriented or lost while traveling.  It is the intention of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office to provide this service so that all families dealing with these situations can have some peace of mind.”