What Is The Best Type Of Electronic Monitoring Device For An Alzheimer Patient In The Home?

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Asked by Thelma

What Is The Best Type Of Electronic Monitoring Device For An Alzheimer Patient In The Home?

My mother is at the stage of Alzheimer's where someone needs to be within earshot of her. This is not always possible and a suggestion was made for a monitor which are quite popular with babies these days. In looking, however, there are so many different ones and so as to not reinvent the wheel, I thought perhaps someone had already asked this question. We think we need a system where we could hear and see her and are open to suggestions.

Answer

When it is not always possible to provide close supervision round-the-clock, it can be helpful to equip the home with safety devices in order to keep your loved one monitored. One suggestion is to attach an alarm to your mother's bed or chair, which will signal and alert others if she tries to get up. Most bed and chair alarms are designed to be loud enough to hear from a different room, which can assist in tracking your mother's movement if you are not readily nearby. Another potential device that may be helpful is a motion tracker. If your mother exhibits wandering behaviors, it might be a good idea to affix a motion detector device to the exit door. If she attempts to walk out of the house, the alarm will sound and you will be notified of this immediately. If you wish to see her from different rooms, you might want to consider installing a multi-room hidden video camera as well. For some general ideas and a list of products that are specialized for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, please visit www.alzstore.com/index.html.