Ask Joe: What happened to Washoe Co.'s Wandering Prevention program for Alzheimer's?
Wednesday's Ask Joe question: Joe Vallejo wants to know what happened to Washoe County's program called Wandering Prevention which helped Alzheimer's patients and their families?
Here's what I found out:
I checked into this and our viewer Joe is right, that program has been eliminated.
Washoe County Human Services says they've been juggling some different programs and the wandering prevention program is one of the programs that has been impacted by that reorganization.
Part of the program involved providing information and supplies like special door locks to help keep family members with Alzheimer's or dementia from wandering away from home.
The program has been handled by different agencies over the years. At one point the Washoe County Sheriff's Office was involved in supporting it. Human Services tried to take it over but they say the program was not sustainable.
I'm told by the Sheriff's Office the cost of the program was about $50,000 a year.
This isn't to say that it can't come back. If the county can find funding or a grant to support the program they say they would consider re-implementing it.