Saturday, February 20, 2010


WIRELESS LISTENING MONITORS such as baby monitors have drawbacks: signal blockage by concrete walls, conflicts with cordless phones, multiple monitors can mess up you hear on your unit. Never to discuss anything private when audio unit is on they broadcast to anyone's monitor in range. However, wireless audio monitors don't require installing wiring. There are millions of baby monitors in use.

When buying a listening device such as a baby monitor consider: size, portability, low battery warning, sound activated alarm light, multiple receivers for a single monitor, talk back features.


Wireless Door Alarms, Entry Alerts and Doorway Announcers. The wireless transmitter may be above or beside your door and be alerted of someone. There are door alarm systems which can be used to alert you when an individual has left their area. Other systems can alert caregivers of a person moving in their room or wandering in a hall.
They have Magnetic door switches which can be used to trigger monitors, chimes and/or send wireless signals back to other receivers or alarm units.

Fall Savers© | 59 Fulham High Street | London, SW6 3JJ, UK
The Fall Savers company in the UK has monitors that are versatile portable battery powered bed and chair alarm designed for use with a sensor pad. The monitor sounds an alarm when the patient's weight moves off the bed or chair sensor pad.

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Door Guards which provide a strong visual reminder to individuals not to proceed through certain doorways.

UMP Infrared Bed Monitor which alerts the caregiver when an individual attempts to leave the bed.

The Smart Caregiver Wireless Fall Prevention Monitor System is a unique product that offers multiple functions. The Alarm can be silent or volume can be controlled, while continuing to transmit an audible alert to a caregiver in another location. The alarm in silent mode is ideal for situations where you don't want to disturb people in the room. It has a radio signa thatl is transmitted to a pager / alarm. Runs on 3 AA batteries and requires no plugs or wires.


ABLEDATA 8630 Fenton Street,Silver Spring, MD 20910.,10756

Accudata wandering patient detection system uses coded identification tags and sensors mounted at exits, and monitored areas. The Waterproof tags contain a miniature transmitter receiver and a microchip memory which contains the patient identification The sensor sets off an alarm when the presence of an identification tag is detected.

Alarm Cushion which is a foam or gel and foam seat cushion designed for use with geri chairs. It features a built-in weight sensor factory sealed inside a vinyl compartment in the cushion to protect it from urine and wear and to prevent it from shifting beneath the user's weight. When a person attempts to leave the chair or as a result of sliding, an alarm sounds..

The AliMed Seat Belt Alarm, is a seat belt and wandering patient system designed for use by individuals with Alzheimer's disease. This dual-function seat belt keeps the person in the chair and sounds an alarm if disconnected.

The Bed-Check System is a wander's system designed to alert caregivers if an individual with balance disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, or other disabilities tries to get out of bed unattended.

They offer a Professional series Care Trak Mobile Locator which is a wireless system for a clinical setting. This portable device can be used alone or with a Invisible Perimeter System to locate an individual who has wandered off by as much as a mile. One model can locate up to fourteen different individu

The Care Trak Sentry Door System is a system designed to prevent individuals from entering or exiting a door without assistance. It can monitor up to eight doors in a residential setting. The system uses a tamper-resistant transmitter that can be worn on a wrist or ankle

The Care Trak Invisible Perimeter System is a system designed to prevent individuals from entering or exiting a specific area. The system features a monitoring unit with controls to adjust the range of the invisible perimeter, a Care Trak wrist transmitter, and the Care Trak Mobile Locator (see separate entry). The system establishes an invisible circular boundary around the monitoring unit.

Professional series Care Trak Wrist Transmitter is a wireless signal transmitter designed for use by caregivers of individuals in a clinical setting. This portable device can be used when the police or emergency rescue personnel have the Care Trak. Care Trak registers the frequency number of the transmitter with the appropriate agency.

They offer a The Door Mural system designed for use with individuals with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or cognitive disabilities. When applied to a door leading to a cleaning supply storage closet or a stairway, the door is completely obscured.

Their Door or Window Alarm is a system featuring an insert that fits in the gap between a closed door and the doorjamb or between a window and the window frame. Once the insert is in place, if the door or window is opened even slightly, a loud alarm sounds

Their door Knob Guard prevents a disoriented or wandering individuals fro entering or exiting a door without assistance, fits most standard door knobs and is easily removed in case of emergency.

Motion Detector with Remote Alarm made up of a motion detector and a receiver chime alarm. The detector can be placed where needed (bedroom, stairs, exit door, etc.) to detect movement. The receiver can be carried in a caregiver's pocket.

They offer an alarm unit featuring a cord held in with a pin. At the other end of the cord is a clip that attaches to clothing excess tension on the cord sounds the alarm.

Another Personal Alarm enables family members, friends, or caregivers to record a spoken message to remind an individual to request assistance before getting up plus it offers five selectable alarm tones which can be use in conjunction with or separately from the voice message.

Passive Infrared Red, PIR, Alarm requires no pads or sensors and relies on passive infrared technology similar to that used by automatic doors and lights. The unit emits an IR invisible fan-shaped beam that covers the entire bedside and may be adjusted to detect only undesired motion.

A toilet mounted alarm warns of a person leaving a toilet. The sensor mounts beneath the seat and sets itself automatically.

Bed-Safe Alert and Chair-Safe Alert units emit a loud audible alarm when the user begins to get up out of bed, chair or wheelchair. The systems are portable .

The QualCare VOICE Alarm has a cord that can be clipped to the patient's clothing. When the cord is pulled from the alarm unit, a recorded message plays for 20 seconds, then an alarm tone sounds.

The Stray Away Alarm has a transmitter pendant and a receiver. The pendant features a lanyard for wearing around the neck and the receiver includes a belt clip. When the person is separated from the caregiver distance from 10 to 20 feet, a signal is sent frrom the pendant to the receiver, sounding an alarm.

The Talking Motion Detective is a wireless, two-piece, motion detector announces specific information to alert the caregiver. One speaker unit can monitor up to six motion detectors, each providing different information for different exits or areas of the home . For example, the system might announce "Dad is trying to go out the back door!" or "Mom is in the kitchen."

Telecom 4000 automatic dialer is an emergency alert, call signal, or wandering person system designed for use by individuals who are at risk for medical emergencies. Used in conjunction with a wireless pendant transmitter, this enables the user to summon help by pressing a button. Used in conjunction with motion sensors, it can monitor activity in the residence and send an alarm when the resident has been inactive

TrackerPAL is a system with a fully active global positioning (GPS) and interactive voice capability. The system covers virtually all of the United States and Canada and is monitored through a monitoring center. All voice communications with family members and the individual monitored are recorded and are kept in a WAV file for future use if needed.


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Voice Alert System is ideal for residential and small business notification, security, and property protection. It combines wireless and digital voice technology to create the most flexible and cost-effective annunciation system available today. System monitors up to six zones using wireless PIR Sensor Transmitters and a remote Receiver/Speaker Base Unit. When a zone is breached, a signal is sent up to 1000 feet (300' through walls) to the remote Base Unit. Upon signal reception, the Base Unit plays a user (voice-recorded) message identifying that specific zone.


TUNSTALL GROUP LTD.,Whitley Lodge, Whitley Bridge, DN14 0HR, United Kingdom

Bed/chair sensor detects when a person leaves their bed (or chair) and can turn on a light gradually. It will also set a timer running (which can be set for varying periods of time) and if the sensor fails to detect a return to bed within this time it will raise an alarm call. This alarm can either be directed to a caregiver or to the monitoring center. It is then possible to speak to the person via the speaker on the central Lifeline unit. Alternatively the sensor can also be set to raise an alarm if a person has failed to get out of bed after a preset time in the morning or if they have failed to go to bed by a preset time. The pad can also be used with chairs and wheelchairs.

Wet bedding sensor. Placed between the matress and sheet, this sensor provides immediate warning on detection of moisture

Tunstall's fall detector automatically detects a serious fall and setting off an alert to the designated caregiver.

Flood detector will raise an alarm if sinks or baths overflow

The Lifeline Connect+ home unit is supplied with a personal pendant, and can be used to raise a call from anywhere in the home or garden by simply pressing the pendant or red buton on the unit. Calls are received at the dedicated 24 hour response centre where the most appropriate action is taken. Requires an existing telephone line and electrical outlet.

Sensors can be added to the Lifeline unit, which are connected wirelessly and unobtrusively. Lifeline Connect+

Medication dispensers provides an effective solution to support medication compliance by automatically dispensing medication and providing audible and visual alerts to the user each time medication should be taken.

A wireless movement sensor/detector for both activity and inactivity monitoring, for example, to check if a person has got out of bed or visited the kitchen.

Tunstall is currently trialling safer walking technology , which allows freedom for the user to walk about in a safe environment and sends an alarm call should the user go outside a preset safe zone. The system comprises a wrist worn locatable alarm device, a home base, a secure location data processing system and a 24/7 Monitoring Center. The system uses Assisted GPS and GSM technology and recognizes when the wearer leaves a predefined safe zone . This will trigger an alert at the Monitoring Center who will contact the responsible carer/organization and assist with the provision of an appropriate response.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Healthy Solutions Chat" Tele-Seminar

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

NFCA, National Family Caregivers Association

The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships, and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.

Membership is free to family caregivers, and includes a quarterly, e-mailed newsletter. For those who would rather receive a print copy of the newsletter, NFCA offers an upgraded, Family Caregiver Plus membership at the special introductory rate of $10/year. Click here to join on-line.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Retired? Cleaning products are a mystery under the kitchen sink

Cleanser makers told to come clean - The Boston Globe
Some studies have linked cleaning product components to asthma, antibiotic resistance, hormone changes, and other health problems. ...

Federal environmental laws don’t require most household cleaning products to list their ingredients, though there are congressional proposals to change that. The Consumer Product Safety Commission requires hazard warning labels on some cleansers, and the National Institutes of Health offer some health and safety information for hundreds of cleaning products, drawn from data gathered for industrial use.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Raise your hand if you're a caregiver.

How Can Doctors and Caregivers Work Together?

from: HealthBridge's In-Home Care Blog

Dr. Pauline Chen took an insightful look at this topic in her "Doctor and Patient" column in the New York Times. She writes:

For all our assertions about the importance of caring in what we do, doctors as a profession have been slow to recognize family members and loved ones who care for patients at home. These “family caregivers” do work that is complex, physically challenging and critical to a patient’s overall well-being, like dressing wounds, dispensing medication, and feeding, bathing and dressing those who can no longer do so themselves.

Many of these caregiving tasks were once the purview of doctors and nurses, a central component of the “caring professions.” But over the past century, as these duties increasingly fell to individuals with little or no training, doctors and even some nurses began to confer less importance, and status, to the work of caregiving.

nightmare for those with disabilities who are struggling to stay at home.

Feb 01, 2010

There are programs run by states and similar projects run out of Washington. This is a particular nightmare for those with disabilities who are struggling to stay at home. If you don’t believe me, try to find a local phone number for elder care assistance.