Call systems for caregivers or in home health aides
Alarm systems are a must if you're dealing with a fall risk patient or an Alzheimer's patient who may wander
As my 95 year old Mom recovers from a fractured hip, I've started to investigate items that I must have in my house in order to bring her home, and, that's where alarm systems for caregivers or in home health aides comes into play. Mom fell when she was getting up (from the toilet - but that's beside the point...) and broke her hip. It was her first broken bone and, I hope, her last. After surgery 3 days later to insert screws and a metal plate, she was transferred to rehab which is where I'm sitting right now.
Because Mom will need to be monitored more closely when she comes home from rehab, I've just started researching alarm systems, alarm or call buttons, and call alarms. As a caregiver, I see an alarm system as another tool I can use to keep Mom healthy - she shouldn't be walking without someone around for a few months.
I've found some nice alarm systems through my search. And, now, I'm bringing them to you (virtually!).
Note: That's Mom in the picture on her first day of rehab. They actually had her standing 2 days after surgery! And, 2 weeks later, she's still powering through physical therapy in her quest to come home!
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Bed alarm systems
Bed alarm systems work by using a bed sensor pad under the patient. When the patient gets up, the caregiver is immediately given an alarm and, hopefully, rushes in to assist the elderly loved one or, perhaps, put them back where they're supposed to be....
This thing would have been GREAT to have in the nursing home rehab room as Mom was constantly trying to get out of bed. So much so that I had to hire a home health aide to sit by her bedside all night. The one night I didn't have the aide, I came in at 6 am the next morning to find Mom in "detention" - the nurses had put her in her wheelchair and set her in front of them so they could watch her. All in all, it was pretty funny....as long as she doesn't get expelled...
That's Mom and Gizmo (one of her favorite dogs) taking a snooze break between therapy sessions.
Drive Medical's Bed Alarm
Bed alarms work this way: There's a pad that is placed on the mattress of the bed where your elderly loved one sleeps. There's also receiver which sounds an alarm when pressure is taken off the mat, signifying your elderly loved one is on the go.
Amazon has a lot of bed alarms - I recommend Drive Medical's Bed Alarm. This is the one we used for 4 years with absolutely no problems at all. It's the best of the best.
Stay in touch with a vibrating wireless alarm system
Even my Mom could push a button and that's all your elderly loved one needs to do to summon help. Keep the call button next to the bed or chair where your senior citizen friend is and clip the receiver to your waistband or belt. When they press the button, you'll receive either a vibration or chime - your choice. A 100 foot range means you'll never be out of touch (unless you live in a mansion....).
The Smart Caregiver Alarm was the best wireless alarm system I could find. You can search it on Amazon.com.
Floor Sensor Alarm Mats
Provided that Mom manages to get away from the bed alarm sensor, she's not getting out of the room as I'm ahead of her there - I'm buying a floor sensor mat which I can even put by her bedside. If she steps on it, she's nailed!
Note: As I update this article a year and a half after Mom's death, I now use the floor alarm mat to alarm me when a dog goes into a room he or she shouldn't be in. These things work magic for pet training!