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Buying Bed Alarms For Seniors

Buying Bed Alarms For Seniors

bed alarm padMany seniors fall out of their beds and injure themselves. These injuries can be serious. Often the fall could have been prevented if measures were taken before the fall (http://www.amazon.com/Bed-Alarm-Long-Term-Sensor/dp/B00I0JN8YS). However, most people don’t recognize the importance of fall prevention for seniors. A bed alarm is one way to help prevent falls. While a bed alarm cannot necessarily prevent the senior from falling, it can provide the best opportunity to stop the fall from happening.

A bed alarm has sensors that alert a caregiver or nurse that the senior is in danger of falling. The sensors detect when the senior is in a position that will lead to them falling from the bed. The caregiver or nurse can then assist the patient in getting back into a safe position. Bed alarms for seniors might be used in conjunction with safety railing. The alarm can alert the caregiver, but the railing can help keep the patient in the bed until the caregiver arrives.

If the senior citizen has a hospital style bed, these safety rails may already be installed. If the senior has a standard bed, the safety rails would have to be purchased and installed. Make sure the railing can handle the body weight of the senior to ensure the railing does not fail when the senior falls into it.

If you decide to purchase a bed alarm, you can buy online or at a store that sells senior care products. Look at the selection of bed alarms for seniors to determine which would work best for your situation.

If possible, look for an alarm that offers options as far as the type of alarm. For example, you want to make sure the alarm is loud enough for the caregiver to hear it. Is there a visual alert that can be used if the house is noisy or if the caregiver is in another room? Is there a unit the caregiver can carry with them to ensure they are alerted wherever they are in the house?

Talk to the caregiver or nurse to discuss what they need to make this task easier. Remember, that although the bed alarm and safety rail can help prevent the fall, the caregiver is essential in order to get the senior back into a safe position.

Without the caregiver, the senior might be injured by the safety rail. They could get caught between the railing and the bed. They railing can catch on their clothing and cause damage when they fall. If there is no railing, even if the alarm sounds, they might fall.

After buying a bed alarm, test it out on the bed with the senior before they go to sleep. You need to know when the alarm will sound so the caregiver can determine how long they have to get to the room before the senior falls. If the alarm sounds when the senior is ready to fall, then the caregiver will know they cannot be far from the senior’s room at any time during the night.

Stacy Black

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