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    • Gers
    • By Gers 19th Jul 19, 10:05 AM
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    In-house alert
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    • 19th Jul 19, 10:05 AM
    In-house alert 19th Jul 19 at 10:05 AM
    My elderly mother is both frail and failing - since early March I have been with her full time. Now she's bed bound and can only reach the commode when required.

    Until recently she's been able to use her mobile to reach me within the house which has worked well. Now she's much too shaky to manage this - last night she wasn't well and couldn't phone me. Happily all is OK, however this is now a worry.

    Is there any kind of in-house easy to use alert system specifically for this kind of situation?
    I have done an online search though am overwhelmed with the 'choice' and would appreciate advice from anyone who has been faced with this.

    Thanks.
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    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 19th Jul 19, 10:12 AM
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    The baby monitor my step daughter uses when visiting would seem to work - she plugs it in near the child and carries the other end wherever she is in our house. No wires, very compact.

    ETA it works both ways, big brother sings to baby if she's fretting!
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    • Gers
    • By Gers 19th Jul 19, 10:51 AM
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    The baby monitor my step daughter uses when visiting would seem to work - she plugs it in near the child and carries the other end wherever she is in our house. No wires, very compact.

    ETA it works both ways, big brother sings to baby if she's fretting!
    Originally posted by Misslayed
    Thanks for that, never thought of a baby monitor although does it 'hear' all the time? I was thinking about something more along the lines of a button being pressed when help needed.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Jul 19, 11:00 AM
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    If you use a doorbell with a PIR, she could just wave her hand in front of the PIR and you'd hear a loud BING BONG. Requires testing for location/her reach/accidentally waving her hand though else you'll find you get a BING BONG every time she turns in the bed.
    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 19th Jul 19, 11:07 AM
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    Thanks for that, never thought of a baby monitor although does it 'hear' all the time? I was thinking about something more along the lines of a button being pressed when help needed.
    Originally posted by Gers

    Yes it does 'hear' all the time, but it has an on/off switch, so as long as your end is switched on, she could keep her end nearby and switch it on when she needs help.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 19th Jul 19, 1:30 PM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 1:30 PM
    If you use a doorbell with a PIR, she could just wave her hand in front of the PIR and you'd hear a loud BING BONG. Requires testing for location/her reach/accidentally waving her hand though else you'll find you get a BING BONG every time she turns in the bed.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Or maybe just a wireless door bell, with the push on her bedside table or whatever, should prevent false alarms from just turning over
    • greyteam1959
    • By greyteam1959 19th Jul 19, 4:05 PM
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    My elderly parents both have a cheap wireless door chime each.
    They use them to summon their carer within the house if they need the toilet etc.
    Each door chime is set at a different chime.
    They carry them all the time & have them on their bedside tables at night.
    Drives the carers nuts but is a cheap effective solution.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 19th Jul 19, 4:29 PM
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    Or maybe just a wireless door bell, with the push on her bedside table or whatever, should prevent false alarms from just turning over
    Originally posted by Farway
    My elderly parents both have a cheap wireless door chime each.
    They use them to summon their carer within the house if they need the toilet etc.
    Each door chime is set at a different chime.
    They carry them all the time & have them on their bedside tables at night.
    Drives the carers nuts but is a cheap effective solution.
    Originally posted by greyteam1959

    Like this? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-Doorbell-Waterproof-Cordless-Melodies/dp/B07MVXYF8T/ref=asc_df_B07MVXYF8T/?!!!!!googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309857966843&hvpos=1o2&hvne tw=g&hvrand=7387484684280638958&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hv qmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9046939& hvtargid=pla-825047827832&psc=1

    good idea - thanks.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 20th Jul 19, 9:35 AM
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    That's the sort of thing, there are also ones where the receiver [bell] is battery powered, which is what I have. The advantage is it can be in a your pocket if out in the garden for instance
    • Gers
    • By Gers 20th Jul 19, 11:58 AM
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    That's the sort of thing, there are also ones where the receiver [bell] is battery powered, which is what I have. The advantage is it can be in a your pocket if out in the garden for instance
    Originally posted by Farway
    Thanks, I've ordered it. No need for the battery one as DM is in a flat.

    We'll both feel a little less anxious overnight now. DM wanted me to buy a bell wasn't going to do that!!
    Last edited by Gers; 20-07-2019 at 12:52 PM. Reason: Typo
    • Gers
    • By Gers 21st Jul 19, 12:24 PM
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    The doorbell arrived yesterday and is perfect - thanks so much for the suggestion.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 21st Jul 19, 4:11 PM
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    The doorbell arrived yesterday and is perfect - thanks so much for the suggestion.
    Originally posted by Gers
    The wonders of the Internet, glad it's all sorted for you
    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 22nd Jul 19, 9:49 AM
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    Thanks for a simple low cost solution! We've been struggling with watches etc. Love it! I'm thinking of installing one in OH's shed but that might be a step too far!
    The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
    Thanks to everyone who contributes to this wonderful forum. I'm very grateful for the guidance and friendliness that I always receive from you.

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    • Gers
    • By Gers 22nd Jul 19, 2:18 PM
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    Thanks for a simple low cost solution! We've been struggling with watches etc. Love it! I'm thinking of installing one in OH's shed but that might be a step too far!
    Originally posted by Eenymeeny
    It is brilliant and so much cheaper than the specialist products with fobs on lanyards, though it's horses for courses. I've plugged the box into a socket in my bedroom and DM has the bell push next to her bed.

    Love this forum, people are so knowledgable.
    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 23rd Jul 19, 6:07 AM
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    I agree, my family and friends must be so sick of me saying 'check it out on MSE' when they want to know something! I learn so much from the helpful people who post on here. Thank you all
    (We have one at the front door and I hadn't given it a thought! Doh!)
    The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
    Thanks to everyone who contributes to this wonderful forum. I'm very grateful for the guidance and friendliness that I always receive from you.

    Please and Thank You are the magic words
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