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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 06/23/15

My worry is that I don't always hear my mother when she calls out for help in the night. She can't get up or anything by herself anymore. I need some ideas on how I can wake up when she's calling me.

Shared by: Newyawka

A baby monitor

Shared by: Jonathan

As others have said, try a baby monitor. That or give her a cell phone and you keep one. She can call you on it if needed. You can also keep phone on you in case you're in other rooms.

Shared by: Gloria

I know I am repeating what's already been suggested but GET A BABY MONITOR. They can be bought anywhere baby products are sold. Target is a good place. Amazon will deliver it to your home, you don't even need to go out. They can be bought for less than $30.00 and are worth every penny in piece of mind.

Shared by: Newyawka

We had the exact same situation,so we put another bed in moms room so that each night either our home health aide or my wife sleep in the same room with mom. we actually gave mom her own room,separate from dad,which is set up fpr moms needs.(hospital type bed,commode,etc.) This way dad can rest comfortably and not be disturbed. Moms room is closer to the bathroom as well. We also use baby monitors if we have to leave mom alone while sleeping.Its an adjustment but it works for us and mom is always answered and reassured when she calls out for us. good luck

Shared by: Lynne

A coule weeks after my father-in-law moved in with us, we got a video baby monitor. He likes to go to bed very early in the evening and we are still awake for another couple of hours downstairs or on the back porch. We can see if he is making noise while just moving around in the bed, or if the noises mean he needs our help. We have a receiver in our bedroom, too. We placed the camera/microphone on a bookshelf in his bedroom where he can't see it. We actually sleep better knowing that we will not miss any calls for help.

Shared by: Marie
New Jersey

I use a baby monitor and keep it right by my bed. I hear every turn, call, cough etc. Make sure you get a good one so no interference is on it.

Shared by: Amy

My sister set up a baby monitor when she was primarily responsible for my father in his last years. She had a caregiver to cover most nights (including us other sisters on some weekends), but when he would otherwise be alone, the baby monitor at his bedside was audible in my sister's house next door.

Shared by: Linda

get a baby monitor- (see them all the time on CL & YARD SALES)

Shared by: Bonita

My mother worried that I would not hear her calling me and would not wake up. I also had this fear but did hear. After a while you sleep "listening" but a baby monitor gave us both greater peace of mind.

Shared by: Lavern

Get a Baby monitor

Shared by: Lisa

Try using a baby monitor...if your mom wouldnot like that, put it in a discreet place..


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