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A bed alarm is a simple yet practical resource that provides both comfort and security. This easy addition in the bedroom guarantees peace of mind, making it easier to care for your loved one, and keep them safe. As part of the many bed supply services we offer, such as bed rails and over-bed tables, a bed alarm can be a very helpful tool to provide assurance that the user is safe. Here’s why.
How Do Bed Alarms Work?
Bed alarms are useful devices that are designed to detect movements at specific times and sound an alarm if the user attempts to get up from bed on their own. The devices differ in their detection methods, such as motion or pressure sensors, pull cords or bed pad alarms. Motion or pressure sensors are very common and are placed under the sheets of the senior. They are thin enough to be comfortable, as well as incontinence-proof for easy maintenance. The alarm is triggered when the sensor is not being touched, but will stop if weight is reapplied, thereby limiting false alarms. Another type of alarm is an infrared sensor. It monitors the presence of the senior with a beam of infrared light, and the alarm sounds if the infrared is tripped. This type of sensor is attached to furniture or a wall, but it’s important to bear in mind that pets- such as cats- can set off this type of alarm. A pull cord alarm is the best method if false alarms are a problem. Attached to the senior resident’s clothing, when they leave the bed the cord is pulled, setting off the alarm. Regardless of the type of alarm, they all have the same objective- to notify the caregiver or family to check in.
Why Do Elderly People Need Bed Alarms?
One of the realities of aging is the increased risk of injury. A bed alarm can limit this possibility, and help to make this transition easier, while attending to a senior’s changing needs. As it’s unlikely that the elderly patient can be monitored 24/7 by a caretaker or family member, a bed alarm can help facilitate them, giving them time to rest and providing the senior with some breathing space. If any problems arise, the alarm means that the senior receives immediate assistance, which prevents unnecessary or prolonged injury while waiting for help. By alerting the caregiver or a family member, the elderly is kept safe and also decreases the likelihood of falls, which are a common and potentially dangerous occurrence.
It is, however, important to consider the ailments of the person who the bed alarm is used with. It is not recommended to use bed alarms with people who have dementia, Alzheimer’s, neurological disorders, or who are extremely frail and susceptible to hurting themselves in a fall. The reason for this is that a bed alarm can cause a fright to those who do not remember it is there. When someone has been frightened they could fall and injure themselves, causing more damage than good. Please consult with us before purchasing a bed alarm – we will be able to assess your needs, taking into account the individual, and ascertain whether a bed alarm is suitable for your needs.
Things To Consider With A Bed Alarm
Something to consider when it comes to alarms is the level of sound that the alarm gives off. It needs to be loud enough to do its job properly, without disturbing others unnecessarily. A wireless bed pad alarm means that the alarm can be placed with the caregiver or family member in a different room, thereby preventing the senior from being frightened if the alarm goes off.
What Benefits Do Bed Alarms Provide?
They provide assurance to family or caregivers that the elderly are safe and sleeping when they should be. However, if this changes, they notify the caregiver or family if the elderly patient is getting out of bed, moving around and restless, or in need of assistance (immediate or otherwise). The alarm going off doesn’t mean that the senior has fallen, but rather prompting the family member or caretaker to check in. Additionally, bed alarms can help to quicken the response time to potentially dangerous situations, as the alarm will be set off if there is sudden and significant movement.
At Affordable Medical Supply, we’ll be able to talk you through the different types of bed alarms we offer, and exactly how they differ in function. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, we’ll be able to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have, and we’re here to help make caring for your loved one as easy and as comfortable as possible. For more information, call us at 954 484 7599 now.