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How To Use The Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat

Tuesday, 28 January 2014  | 

How To Use The Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat

This guide is designed to show you how to use and operate the Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat. This bed leaving alarm or bed occupancy alarm is ideal for use in a domestic setting as it can operate to alert a carer if the person being cared for gets out of bed.

What's Included In The Kit?

The Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Large Bed Leaving Sensor is supplied as a complete kit. You will receive the following parts:

  • 1 x bed / floor sensor mat with cable attached (this mat can be used as either a bed or chair sensor mat)
  • 1 x transmitter unit (the sensor mat cable is plugged into this unit and transmits the signal to the pager)
  • 1 x receiver / pager (this receives the signal from the transmitter and alerts the carer)

Installing The Batteries In The Transmitter and Receiver

Four batteries are required to operate the system;

  • 1 x 9V battery (6LR61/MN1604)
  • 3 x AAA batteries (6LR03)

The 9V battery is a cuboid shaped battery and is placed in the transmitter unit. The transmitter can be identified as it is the white plastic box without the triangular red indicator light. Simply slide open the battery door at the front of the transmitter unit. Then connect the tab with the appropriate connections to the top of the 9V battery and replace the battery door.

The 3 AAA batteries can then be placed in the pager / receiver unit. This box can be identified as it has a triangular red indicator light on the front. Once again simply slide off the battery door, and place the batteries in position, observing the polarity signs (+ and -), and ensuring the battery tips and the polarity signs of the receiver match.

Can An Adaptor Be Used Instead Of Batteries?

You can use an appropriate adaptor to operate the units instead of batteries. Both the transmitter and the receiver/pager can be operated using an optional 9V 200mA mains adaptor. Adapters can be purchased from high street electrical shops. Please always ask a sales assistant for advice to ensure you get the right adapter. A good idea is to take the transmitter and pager with you if you can to show the assistant what you require,

Plugging The Mat Into The Transmitter

The next step is to plug the cable that is attached to the sensor mat into the transmitter. The connector at the end of the cable will plug directly into the socket at one end of the transmitter. It is shaped to only fit in the socket in one way.

Operating The Occupancy Alarm

Deciding Which Setting To Use - "Pressure On" or "Pressure Off"?

The Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Large Bed Leaving Sensor is a fantastic system that can be used to alert a carer if someone gets out of bed in one of two ways.

1. The sensor mat can be placed in the bed of the person being cared for so that when they get up off the sensor mat, the unit will alert the carer. This will alert when the person being cared for gets up off the sensor, and so the system will alert when pressure is taken off the mat. The alarm will continue to alarm until the person being cared for sits or lies back down on the sensor mat (or you turn the transmitter or pager off), or

2. The sensor mat can be placed on the floor so that when the person being cared for gets out of bed and steps on the mat, the mat will alert. The alarm will trigger when pressure is placed on the mat by stepping on the mat.

Once you have decided how you are going to use the system (with the mat either on the bed or on the floor) you can then set up the transmitter to alert correctly. The next step is very important to the correct operation of the system.

Setting Up The Transmitter Correctly

It is important to set up the transmitter correctly in order for the system to alert properly. It is also important to understand how the system alerts so as to avoid confusion and misuse.

Using The Sensor Mat In The Bed - Black Circle Setting

If you are using the sensor mat in the bed, you have chosen to use the system to alert when pressure is taken off the mat. This method of using the sensor mat is activated by moving the switch on the side of the transmitter to the filled in black circle.

This setting will alert when the person takes their weight off the mat, and will continue to alert until weight is put back on the mat. 

Remember, this means that when you first turn the unit onto this setting, if no-one is putting pressure on the mat or is lying on the mat, the system will alert. So as not to scare the person being cared for, it is good practice to first test that the unit is set up correctly when the person is not present. You can then turn the pager off while the person lies down on the mat. You can then turn the pager back on when the person is lying on the mat. If the unit is set up correctly, when the person is lying on the mat, no alarm will sound. The pager will only alarm when the person gets up from the mat.

If the alarm is triggered when the person is lying down on the mat (i.e. incorrectly or unexpectedly), check that the switch on the transmitter is set to the filled in black circle. If it is set to the white circle, it is set to the incorrect "pressure on" setting, and the system will continue to alarm until pressure is taken off the mat. Simply switch the switch on the transmitter to the filled in black circle to arm the mat correctly and stop the mat alarming when the person in lying down.

Using The Sensor Mat On The Floor - White Circle Setting

If you are using the sensor mat on the floor, you have chosen to use the system to alert when pressure is placed on the mat. This method of using the sensor mat is activated by moving the switch on the side of the transmitter to the white circle.

This setting will alert when the person puts their weight on the mat, and will stop alerting as soon as the person steps off the mat. 

Remember, this means that when you first turn the unit onto this setting, the alarm will not sound unless someone steps on the mat. The pager will only alarm when the person steps onto the mat.

If the alarm is triggered when the person is not stepping on the mat (i.e. incorrectly or unexpectedly), check that the switch on the transmitter is set to the empty or white circle. If it is set to the black circle, it is set to the incorrect "pressure off" setting, and the system will continue to alarm until pressure is applied to the mat by stepping onto the mat. Simply switch the switch on the transmitter to the empty or white circle to arm the mat correctly and stop the mat alarming when the person is not stepping on it.

Always Follow The Manufacturer's Instructions

This article is intended only as a guide on how to use the Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Large Bed Leaving Sensor as it can sometimes be difficult to understand how to use the system correctly. It is not intended to replace the manufacturer's instructions in any way. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that are included with the product to ensure correct operation of the Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Large Bed Leaving Sensor.

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