Why You Should Consider A Bed Alarm For Elderly Nursing Care

bed pad alarmMany people living in Chicago have found a way to help elderly relatives stay safe. If you are a caretaker for an elderly person http://www.amazon.com/Bed-Alarm-Long-Term-Sensor/dp/B00I0JN8YS, then you are probably already well aware that one of the ever present dangers of elder care is that your patient can take a fall without you knowing about it in the morning. Falls are very dangerous for elderly people as well as people with disorders and some syndromes, and although the largest danger is from thirst due to inability to get up from a fall, even falls that last for shorter periods can cause other health problems such as blood clots and breathing and respiratory issues. Even more bones can also be broken in attempts to get up over the course of the event. Falling and being unable to get up is also a very harrowing experience, and can contribute to or worsen anxiety or depression issues in patients, due to the humiliating nature of the experience.

So, if you are a caregiver, a bed alarm pad can be an extremely helpful tool to prevent this possibility from happening to the patients in your care. The way that these pads work is that they will send you an alert if your patient gets out of bed at any time during the night. Some models will emit a beep from the detector unit itself, but other models will connect to mobile devices or to whole house wireless communication systems in order to alert you if you are not by your patient’s bedroom at all times due to other necessary duties.

These alerts can be the difference between life and death at times, but they can also be a very important difference between a fall that results in a broken hip being treated right away and a fall that results in a broken hip treated eight or nine hours after the event. The hours of lying alone, unable to get up, are not only humiliating but also exceedingly painful, as broken bones will press into the skin and cause immense pain whenever the victim attempts to move to ease pressure on a part of his body or lie in a different position. These hours of agonizing pain can cause a lot of complications in the treatment process of the broken bone, as fragments and shards can get pushed deeper into the skin, and the bones can partially heal over, making it more difficult to suture the wound, and more difficult to bring the bones back together.

What’s worse, re-breaking of the bones may be required in order to set them properly, which dramatically lengthens the recovery time. The longer the recovery time is, the more an elderly patient is at risk for diseases and illnesses that come as a result of remaining sedentary as well as at risk for contracting hospital superbugs, which are particularly dangerous in the already-injured person due to the fact that they can no longer be treated with traditional antibiotics. A bed alarm pad can prevent these tragedies.

James Blough

James Blough

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