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Monitoring Movement in Patients Who Need Assistance

Sometimes patients who need assistance with transferring from wheelchair to bed, bed to auto, etc. as well as walking and other activities, will attempt to accomplish these tasks alone, without informing anyone. This behavior may be due to a desire for independence or a feeling that they have become a burden to the caregiver or family. In many cases it is due to agitation and confusion associated with dementia. The consequences of such a patient attempting these activities alone can be disastrous.  

Whatever the reason, it is often impractical or impossible to be observing the patient continuously. Monitoring sound in the room where the patient is located, using room monitors, often called baby monitors, is inadequate. I have found that a combination of monitoring sound and motion, as well as utilizing video, is most effective for cases requiring this level of supervision.

Motion detectors are small electronic devices that utilize PIR (passive infrared technology) to monitor motion in a given area of a room. They emit an alarm when motion is detected in that area. The most common variety emits a loud alarm in the same room as the patient, which can be disturbing to them. The motion sensor that I use transmits an alarm signal to a remote receiver.


The video equipment that I use can transmit the signal to TVs in the home or display them on a portable monitor shown here with the camera, motion sensor and motion sensor receiver.

I provide support in using monitoring equipment, as well as anything else that I have, in the way of home health care equipment and supplies. This service and the equipment are made available to the household at no extra charge.