Prevent Incidents with Safety Alarms for Elderly Patients
The fact of the matter is, elderly loved ones and patients are at a much higher risk for a medical or physical injury than the rest of us. If you're caring for an elderly loved one, you know better than anyone that a simple slip and fall could mean a month in the hospital and a difficult, prolonged period of healing. That's why many manufacturers now offer convenient elderly alarms that help loved ones alert caretakers and emergency services in a pinch. They also allow caretakers to monitor a patient's movement, which is crucial in instances of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
There are several different types of elderly safety alarms on the market, including bed alarms, mat alarms and body alarms. Bed alarms are designed to be installed on or near the patient's bed, and are similar to those in hospitals and nursing homes. Shop pull-cord styles and wireless alarms in our great selection. Mat alarms are another popular type of safety alarm for elderly and disabled patients. These pressure-sensitive chair or floor mat alarms alert caregivers when patients move from a bed, wheelchair or chair. They're particularly ideal for preventing injury in non-verbal patients. A body alarm, worn around the neck or wrist of a patient, is another convenient option that's manually controlled by the patient.
Elderly Arms for Every Scenario and Budget
We offer several different types of safety alarms at Parentgiving, all of which are made by the top brands in the industry, and come highly recommended. But not every alarm is right for every patient or facility. Mat alarms alert caretakers of small movements, while wireless alarms create a broader area of protection. Pull-cord alarms and body alarms, of course, are activated only by the patient when he or she is need. Make sure to read the â€œHow to Chooseâ€ tab on this page or get in touch with the team here at Parentgiving if you have more specific questions.
This pressure-sensitive chair alarm with reset button by Drive Medical alerts caregiver whenever a patient rises from a chair.
Patient room alarm from Drive Medical. Magnetic pull-switch sounds tamper-proof pull-cord alarm.
This pressure-sensitive chair alarm alerts caregivers whenever a patient rises from a chair.
Automatic alarm reset, secures to all standard wheelchairs.
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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 m onitoring 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.
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.