We are providing care services for a person who has quadriplegia and has to be turned every two hours
while sleeping at night. Caregivers can fall asleep sometimes and need to be awakened if this ever happens. Is there a
device/technology that can be used (outside of a baby monitor) to alert the caregiver to wake up? Some kind of remote
contact buzzing device will be excellent. Thoughts?
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Location: Spring Green, WI
Time: 05:53 PM
I use the timer on my iPhone. When I work an overnight shift and need to give medication every four hours, I restart the timer after giving the meds. Then, if I happen to fall asleep, the alarm wakes me up.
Location: Annville, Pa.
Time: 10:58 AM
Cell phones have alarms, and some have a short term timer. These can be set for alarm or vibrate or both.
Name: Barbara G. Brown
Location: Sacramento, CA
Time: 09:49 AM
So that the caregiver can also get some sleep, we opted for an oscillating mattress overlay - a mattress on top of the bed that continually moves. That way the patient is getting turned (this mattress is also known as a turning mattress) and so, no pressure sores. We got a Volkner turning mattress, but they are expensive. However, not getting any sleep was depriving the caregiver/s and the mattress paid for itself immediately in relief for both of us!
Time: 07:02 PM
A portable kitchen timer near your pillow?
Time: 07:02 PM
Consider getting an alternating pressure air mattress overlay for the bed. The person you are caring for will still need to be turned, but maybe not as often?
Time: 03:31 PM
People in the deaf community place an "alarm clock" that vibrates under their pillows.