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A 92-year-old member asked:

if buying a motion sensor, should we select? one with recordable message, alarm or silent pager to caregiver? want to prevent falls if 92 yo arises.

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Difficult choice ...: If you want to prevent falls (and who doesn't?), you need someone there immediately as soon as your 92yo starts stirring. In middle of night, by time someone elsewhere in house wakes up to silent pager, it may be too late. I certainly don't think a recordable message (?) will be enough, regardless if for 92yo or for caregiver. An alarm might actually frighten 92yo regardless if demented or not.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 30 years experience
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"Real" solution is to find out why chicken wants to cross the road. Why is 92yo getting out of bed in middle of night? Hunger? Pain? Shortness of breath? Need to urinate? Hallucinations? Insomnia, perhaps from napping during day? Regardless, try to figure out reason for getting out of bed even as you figure out which motion sensor to purchase. One last thought, get rid of throw rugs, tape down or remove electrical cords, etc & put in some low level lighting. Consider enrolling in fall risk assessment/prevention evaluation. Bedside commode or urinal would help w/bladder issues. Physical therapy would be useful overall. Make sure 92yo has proper walker if falling backwards.
Oct 14, 2012
Dr. Ira Katz
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I agree with Dr. Alvin completely. Motion sensors unfortunately, end up being early alerts to falls. By the time the sensor goes off and someone gets there the fall has already happened and it ends up helping get the person to the hospital quicker, but not preventing the fall. There are some with remote alarms that detect changes in movement. These work, but as a caregiver you may get no sleep.
Nov 16, 2015
Dr. Ira Katz
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Could also consider some new technologies out there that monitor sleep cycle. Marked for fitness by Apple and others, but may be adaptable to monitor when someone is getting out of deep sleep and alert you before they even wake up. Nothing on the market for this, but could adapt the items there for this purpose.
Nov 16, 2015

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