One of the primary reasons elderly ones lose their confidence and independence is the fear of getting injured. While many falls occur during the day, some seniors may end up tumbling out of bed at night. Some worry that if they fall out of bed no one will know and they will be forced to lay there until someone finally discovers them. A bed alarm can relieve this anxiety – for both the elderly person and his loved ones. Caregivers who care for seniors in their homes might suggest a bed alarm to their clients, and can set a daily reminder to check the alarm in their homecare system or homecare software.
Using Bed Alarms
A bed alarm is particularly helpful for seniors who are high fall risk, but it can really be used with anyone. Bed alarms help keep elderly ones safe, while also providing real peace of mind to family members. Peace of mind can also be found using a homecare system or homecare software such as ClearCare Online, which gives real-time transparency to patient point-of-care.
Falls occur at night because seniors may be more tired and confused. They may be experiencing side effects from medications, which can cause weakness or dizziness. Or they might have been trying to rush to the bathroom to avoid having an accident in bed. Whatever the case, a bed alarm can immediately alert caregiver that the senior has fallen and needs assistance.
The most common bed alarm is a magnetic alarm with a clip that attaches to the senior’s clothing. The other end of the clip attaches to a magnetic pad, and if the connection is broken, an alarm will sound. One of the disadvantages of this type of alarm is that it may come unattached when the senior rolls over in bed.
A pressure pad may also be used. The pad is placed on the senior’s bed, under the sheet. If the senior falls and pressure is released, an alert will sound. False alarms may still occur but be less frequent.
Caregivers who care for seniors in their homes should make sure they can hear the alarm from any part of the house. Baby monitors can be used if there are any difficulties. Caregivers can use their homecare system or homecare software to communicate any issues with the alarms to other care team members so that the senior stays safe during every shift.
Falls can be devastating to the elderly. All it takes is one fall for a senior to break a hip and end up in the hospital, facing months of physical therapy. Decreased mobility is also one of the reasons seniors lose their independence, which can lead to isolation and depression. Prevention of falls is key in helping seniors stay safe in their homes, and caregivers using a reliable homecare system or homecare software like ClearCare Online can set daily tasks for:
- Clearing walkways of obstacles
- Checking to make sure stairways and hallways are well lit
- Ensuring all non-slip rugs are in place
- Setting bed alarms
ClearCare Online’s homecare system is here to help seniors stay safe and independent in their homes for as long as possible. A bed alarm is also a useful tool for achieving this goal, and gives family members confidence that their loved one will be helped quickly in the event of a nighttime fall. For more details about how homecare software like ClearCare Online can benefit your senior loved ones, call one of our friendly representatives today.