Alzheimer's is a brain disease. People with the disease often forget things, and sometimes wander off without warning. It's becoming more common to hear stories on the news about missing Alzheimer's patients. Unless the patient is locked up and monitored 24 hours a day, there's really no way to make sure they'll never wander away. But you can buy medical equipment that will make it harder for them to wander off on their own.
But first, before you buy anything, inspect your home or facility. If it isn't already accident proof, get to work making sure that it is. You must prepare your home or healthcare facility for an Alzheimer's patient the same as you would for a baby. Medication should be kept out of sight and in tamper proof bottles. Ideally, any medication on the premises should be kept under lock and key.
You should also keep sharp objects out of easy reach. Scissors, knives, and forks, shouldn't be left lying around. You may also want to keep basement and attic doors locked to prevent the patient from falling down the stairs. Alzheimer's patients forget things all the time, and they may forget that the stairs are there. Once you've done all you can to accident proof your home or facility, then it's time to buy some helpful medical equipment.
The following items should be available from any good medical equipment supplier. This equipment isn't necessarily for Alzheimer's patients, and can be used for a variety of medical reasons. For help with monitoring Alzheimer's patients try a:
- Bed Alarm System. This type of alarm usually requires you to place sensors beneath the patient's body. The sensors are soft pads and don't cause discomfort. The sensor will activate if the weight on them becomes too light. So if the patient gets up during the night, the alarm will sound as soon the body is removed from the sensor pads. These helpful alarms are inexpensive and operate using batteries.
- Chair Alarm. This type of alarm is made for wheelchair attachment, but can also be attached to other types of chairs. The alarm makes a beeping noise that reminds patients to stay in the chair.
- Under Seat Alarm. This type of alarm has to be attached underneath the seat of a wheelchair. The alarm sounds if the patient leaves the chair. Some models also reset automatically when the patient returns to the chair.
- Floor Mat Alarm System. This type of alarm works best placed next to a bed or other sleeping area. It's activated when the patient steps on it. So if they wake up and try to wander off, this alarm will alert you to the situation.
This medical equipment is a great help when it comes to monitoring Alzheimer's patients. Taking care of an Alzheimer's patient is never easy, but the proper medical equipment can help lighten the load.