Is the person you care for negotiating the stairs or get in and out of a chair or bed unassisted when it’s no longer safe to do so? Or are they leaving home and getting confused as to their surroundings or worse yet, starting to get lost ? If so, you may need some kind of monitoring device.
For example, a simple motion sensor with a remote alarm can alert you, even when you’re in another room, when the person gets up from the bed. Or a baby monitor may pick up the sounds as they walk across the bedroom. This can give you the time you need to be at their side to offer assistance. Or a monitor on the door can alert you as they attempt to leave home unescorted.
But there are so many devices in the marketplace to choose from that it can be confusing knowing where to start.
I have written several guides on ThisCaringHome on the different types of monitoring devices, with all their pros and cons, to help you choose the best one for your situation. There are a wide variety of devices, from sensor pads you place on the bed, chair, or floor, to sensors that you place on the wall or door. Keep in mind that none are fool proof but they can be helpful in the right situation.
To read the guides and expert reviews on fall and indoor wandering devices, click here and then scroll down to “Fall and Wandering Monitors.”
If the person you care for is living alone, you may want to consider a remote monitoring system. To see an animation of how they work, click here.
And lastly, if your loved one has a problem with wandering outdoors, click here to learn about a wide variety of low and high tech solutions.