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Safety Alarms

FreeshipWandering is one of a caregivers greatest concerns. These devices help alert you when a door is opened or when the patient gets up from a bed or wheelchair. Read our Buyers Guide for help finding the right safety alarm.

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Advantage Magnetic Personal Safety Alarm

PG#: 00003vMDT5000Z     By: Advantage

Inhibit patient wandering with this efficient alarm.

$24.99

 
 

Fast Alert Basic Patient Alarm With Bed Pad

PG#: 000010vGF13701B     By: Grafco

Alarm notifies staff or caregiver when user gets out of bed.

$109.99

 

Tamper Proof Magnetic Pull Cord Alarm

PG#: 00006v13603     By: Drive

Patient room alarm from Drive Medical. Magnetic pull-switch sounds tamper-proof pull-cord alarm.

$26.99

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Deluxe Pin Style Pull Cord Alarm

PG#: 00006v13602     By: Drive

A more economical way to signal that a patient has moved, this deluxe pull-cord alarm easily secures to a bed or chair with a self-contained clip.

$26.99

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ChairPro Seat Belt Alarm

PG#: 00002vSC909370     By: Complete Medical

Automatic alarm reset, secures to all standard wheelchairs.

$129.99

 

Door Strip Alarm

PG#: 00002vSC909217     By: Complete Medical

A brightly colored strip directs most residents away from doorways and off limits areas.

$99.99
was $111.10

 

Patient Alarm with Reset Button

PG#: 00006v13608     By: Drive

This pressure-sensitive chair alarm with reset button by Drive Medical alerts caregiver whenever a patient rises from a chair.

$99.99

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Patient Chair Alarm By Drive

PG#: 00006v13605     By: Drive

This pressure-sensitive chair alarm alerts caregivers whenever a patient rises from a chair.

$74.99

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Fast Alert Patient Alarm Chair Pad Sensor Replacement

PG#: 000010v106380

Safety alarm for beds, chairs or wheelchairs. (Replacement Chair Pad Only)

$39.99

 

Silent Call Shake-Up System with Sidekick Receiver and Strobe Vibration

PG#: 000029vSC-SHKUP/VREC     By: Lifestyle Essentials

The Shake-Up System offers visual and tactile alerting when the smoke detector goes off, great for people who are deaf or visually impaired.

$359.99

 
Choosing The Best Safety Alarms

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have devastating effects on activities of daily living as well as memory and cognitive function. As these diseases progress, patients’ needs change, and this often places more strain on caregivers.

Perhaps the most serious concern regarding the dementia patient is their tendency to wander and get lost. If not quickly found, victims can suffer serious injury along with dehydration and other health risks. Safety alarms alert caregivers to patient movement, enabling you to keep better track of their whereabouts. This is especially important at night, so that you can rest easier and not lose the sleep you need to function well.

Safety alarms come with different alarms and alarm mechanisms. The right one is the one that fits your circumstances and doesn’t increase agitation in your loved one.

Bed alarms, chair pad alarms and seat belt alarms are three of the most common types of designs. There are also different activation systems, the mechanism by which the alarm is set off:

A wireless alarm emits a large, invisible “curtain” that provides a wide area of protection. Look for a unit that mounts easily and has a swivel bracket to adjust the monitoring beam. This is a great option for securing an area without attaching an alarm to your loved one or their bed or chair.

A pull-cord alarm should easily secures to a bed or chair with a clip and feature a pin-style activation cord that is pulled when the user moves; this dislodges the pin from the alarm unit to activate the signal.

A pressure-sensitive alarm sounds when a patient gets up from the bed or chair it was placed on. A pressure-sensitive pad usually connects to an audio alarm.

Some pads such as the Sling Seat Wheelchair Alarm are made specifically for wheelchair use and certain styles require that the alarm be mounted onto the wheelchair with a bracket.

Another option for use in a chair is a seat belt alarm that sounds when the belt is unbuckled. One style is a breakaway lap cushion—if the wearer stands up, the magnetic strap releases on one side of the lap cushion, activating the alarm.

One type of alarm, the Patient Locator Alarm, keeps track of patients prone to wandering—the unit attaches to the wanderer to signal their location to the caregiver.

A totally different option involves alarming doors in the home. Usually this approach includes a brightly colored strip or banner that serves as a visual barrier, not a barricade, to direct the patient away from the doorway or an off-limits area; if he or she tries to leave through the door, the alarm is activated.