Archive for the ‘Elderly Products’ Category
Posted on May 13, 2009 - by Nurse Virginia
No more 911 calls from confused elderly:
I absolutely love my new edition of The Alzheimer’s Store Catalogue. As I skim through it I can see, in my mind, those people from the past that would have benefited so much from some of these innovative products. Right from the first few pages – imagine a telephone that you can receive calls from and can’t call out! No, more 911 calls that try the patience of your local law enforcement.
My mother had a roommate who would call the police every time a caregiver didn’t come fast enough for the call light. Many a time, my Mother would be wakened during the night to some officers in her room, because of course they had to respond. No more calls in the middle of the night to family asking for the 30th time, when do I go to the Doctor or the Dentist?
The Alzheimer’s Store carries so many products – many that I have personally seen used effectively.
• The stop sign – can really stop a person and turn them around.
• The door murals are used successfully in many nursing communities to make an exit door disappear.
• Exercise Videos – a real must for anyone caregiving for some one with Alzheimer’s disease – start using an exercise program before the person stops initiating independent movement and before the chance of developing painful contractures begins.
• Products for every day dressing, eating, bathing
They also have a great system to indicate what level of disease process this item would benefit.
If you are taking care of someone with a dementing illness in the home, you will need some help. They really have it all!
I know the first thing I am ordering is Richard Taylor’s Alzheimer’s From The Inside Out.
Go to: www.alzstore.com or call 800-752-3238 for your copy of this catalogue.
Posted on April 15, 2009 - by Nurse Virginia
Caregiver Tips: Today’s technology makes it much easier to take care of confused elders with Alzheimer’s.
Keeping confused elders safe.
There are many companies that offer products to help the caregiver. Especially in the area of safety products. My favorite is the Floor Alarm Mat that can be set to alarm even ninety feet from the mat.
First Class monitoring systems no longer expensive or difficult to install.
These alarms as well as pull cord alarms make care giving much less stressful. Companies that specialize in these products are:
- Sammons Preston
- Elder Store
There are many more companies on the internet. These products combined with Baby Monitors where you can see immediately what is going on in another area of the house, give a confused person a feeling of independence. Individual door alarms that sound like a door bell are very economical as well, and can be found at Radio Shack.