When you are caring for someone who is sick or disabled it is not always easy to stay in the same room with them. You can feel confident in being able to answer all of their needs and be there for them with a few simple monitoring devices.
Phones With Pagers
Most phone systems have several wireless handset phones that come with them. Some of these even have a pager system so that one phone can page the other. It is quite simple to page someone from another room and use the phones as an intercom.
Show the person you are caring for how to use the paging system on the handheld phone. Assure them that you will keep the other hand held phone clipped to your side. Make sure they are capable of paging you and understanding how to do it. Stay in the room the first time and show them that it works.
Using this calling system will allow you the freedom to leave the room when necessary, yet will assure you that you are still available to the person you are caring for. You can rest comfortably at night, knowing that your loved one can page you from another room if they need assistance. Don’t worry about not hearing the page, because your mind will be listening for it, even as you sleep.
Electronic Door Bells
You can purchase an electronic door bell from a hardware store. They start out as inexpensive as $10.00 and go up into the hundreds. You don’t need a real fancy one unless you plan to use it as a doorbell later. The chime box plugs into a regular wall outlet. Make sure you purchase one that is easy to move…some of the chime boxes are quite large. The doorbell part has a sticky back pull off that you can attach wherever you need to for your loved one to be able to reach. Some also come with tiny screws to attach them securely to the side of your house. You just need to use the sticky pull off.
If your loved one is in a bed with rails, such as a hospital bed, you can easily tape the doorbell to the railing where the person can reach it. If not, you can tape it to the night stand, or bedside table. Be sure your loved one can reach it and is able to push the button to make the doorbell chime or ring.
All you have to do then is plug the chiming part into an outlet in whatever room you are in. This one works best at night when you will be spending a lot of time in your own room sleeping. That way you don’t have to continually plug and unplug the chime box.
This one should be a given, but some people just don’t think about it. If your loved one is capable, all they have to do is call you and you can hear them on the part of the monitor you carry with you. If your loved one is to ill to actually call you, you can still monitor every sound in the room. You’ll know that your loved one has woke up, or even moved.
Baby monitors have a good reaching distance, so you will be able to go out into your yard, for either a breath of air, or to walk a pet if you have one. You can sit at your patio while your patient or loved one, sleeps and visit with friends and family, knowing all the while that you can hear everything going on in the sick person’s room.
Using any of these three simple things will give both you and your ill loved one peace of mind. Sometimes we like to hover when someone we love is ill. We do it with the best intentions, but it can annoy your ill loved one, or even make them fill guilty that they are taking up so much of your time.
Use any of these ideas next time you care for an ill loved one. You’ll find that they rest better knowing you are with in calling distance, yet not hovering. You will also rest better knowing you are in constant contact with your loved one, and that you can be there in a second if they call you.