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This Week's Carenote - 3/24/15


I am looking for something that will set off an alarm when my mom tries to get back out of her wheelchair. I need to know so I can be sure she doesn't fall. If anyone can help me, I'd appreciate it very much.



Shared by: Joanne

Sherrie, (1) Do you know that there are special "seatbelts" you can attach to a wheelchair that are secured/opened in the back so that she can't do it herself? (2) I don't know what it's called, but at a nursing home I visited, each wheelchair had a doohickey attached to either the edge of the seat or the edge of the seat back that sensed the lightening of its load and sounded an alarm; I've also seen ones that are attached to the back of the wheelchair-bound person's shirt or pants. If I were you, I'd ask for suggestions (including where to buy inexpensively) at a local nursing home or visit a local surgical supply store.

Shared by: Jacquie
Concord, CA

There are alarms you can get. Basically there are two options. One can be clipped on a piece of clothing and when she gets up it will disconnect and an alarm goes off. The other is a mat she would sit on (I have one for my mom's bed). Once her weight lifts off of it the alarm would sound.


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