|Senior monitoring and alert systems|
are used in a variety of different settings.
Senior monitoring and alert systems are used in a variety of different settings. These can include a lot of different locations from care centers to assisted living apartments. However, more and more people are installing them in private homes in order to make sure their elderly family member has the resources which he or she needs if there is a problem. There are many different types of monitoring and alert systems for individuals as they grow older and need more care. Knowing what the options are will help you to choose the right one to fit the needs of the senior in your life.
- Wander management-This is probably the newest type of monitoring available. This is used by both care facilities and at home. This type of monitoring alerts a caregiver if someone is wandering to close to an exit or unsafe area. This is especially important for those individuals who may be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s and are not aware of their surroundings all the time. Many of these systems are also equipped with GPS so if the person wearing it does wander off they can quickly be found.
- Vital statistics-This type of monitoring and alert system is used primarily in senior centers and assisted living facilities. This is a system which is used for patients who have serious health issues that need continual monitoring. For example-If someone has a blood sugar or blood pressure spike an alarm will sound which will allow the appropriate medical personnel to respond quickly. This type of monitoring is usually placed in a pendant or watch allowing the wearer to be monitored without reducing their mobility by tethering them to a traditional monitoring device.
- Fall management-Most caregivers are concerned with their elderly loved one falling. This is a real and valid concern. Studies show seniors who fall and have to be hospitalized have longer and thereby more expensive hospital stays then for any other reason. There are many different types of fall alert systems which can range from a pendant that is warn to signal for help to high tech alerts which can be put into the floor to alert a caregiver. Many times cameras are installed so if a fall occurs then the individual can receive help right away thus eliminating the worry about being stranded after a fall.
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