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Top 10 Dementia Wandering Products

Saturday, 15 February 2014  | 

Top 10 Dementia Wandering Products

Caring for someone with dementia can be a challenge, especially if that person is prone to wandering. We have put together our top 10 dementia wandering products and dementia wandering devices to help you manage wandering and cope in difficult circumstances.

Our top 10 dementia products are presented in no particular order - we think that they can all help in different dementia wandering situations.

Here's a quick summary of the best dementia wandering products in our list:

  1. Bed occupancy sensor mat alarm system - alerts when someone gets out of bed
  2. Doorway safety beam alarm - alerts if someone passes through a doorway
  3. Chair occupancy sensor mat alarm system - alerts if someone gets out of their chair
  4. Long range floor sensor mat - ideal if you have a large property or a neighbour is the carer
  5. Speaking voice alert monitor - you can record an instruction that speaks to the person wandering
  6. Bedside safety crash mat - reduces the risk of injury if someone falls out of bed
  7. Hip protector underwear - reduces the risk of injury to the hips if a fall occurs
  8. Motion detector sensor alarm system - monitors a wide area making it ideal for kitchens and larger rooms
  9. Door and window alarm system - alerts if a door or window is opened
  10. Floor sensor mat with smart alert - alerts if a floor mat is stepped on, and continues to alarm after the mat is stepped off.

1. Wireless Care Alarm Kit With Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat - £69.99

The Wireless Care Alarm Kit With Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat is the ideal wander management product if you are caring for a dementia sufferer that wanders from their bed. This can be especially difficult if the person wanders during the night when the person caring for the dementia sufferer is asleep.

This wireless bed alarm sensor mat is a great solution, especially in a home or domestic setting. The Wireless Care Alarm Kit is supplied complete and ready to use. All you need to do is add batteries and the dementia wander alarm can be used straight away.

The Wireless Care Alarm Kit With Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat is triggered in one of two ways depending on the setting that you are using the dementia wander alarm on. The kit is capable of alarming if a person gets up out of bed (when the mat is placed in the bed), or when a person steps on the mat (when the mat is placed on the floor). This makes the dementia alarm kit a versatile care solution that can suit your needs.

When the dementia sufferer gets out of bed or steps on the mat, a signal is sent to the pager that the carer is carrying. The pager will alert the carer with an alarm sound and/or vibration as well as a flashing light.

This dementia wander alarm is the perfect solution if you need to know the moment that a dementia sufferer gets out of bed so that you can assist the person wandering immediately.

If you need a floor monitor system with a really long range, then take a look at number 4 on the list - the Long Range Floor Sensor Mat and Pager System below.

Take a closer look at the Wireless Care Alarm Kit With Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat now.

2. Doorway Anti Wander Safety Beam Alarm - £39.99

The Doorway Anti Wander Safety Beam Alarm is a threshold beam alarm that can be placed at the foot of a doorway. An invisible beam runs from the left to right hand side of the doorway. When a dementia sufferer walks through the beam, the beam is broken and an audible alarm is heard to alert you that the dementia sufferer has wandered and is exiting the room.

The Doorway Anti Wander Safety Beam Alarm is an unobtrusive alarm that can be placed almost anywhere. The anti wander beam alarm can be placed at a bedroom doorway to alert you that a person has wandered from their bed, or at the threshold of the kitchen or bathroom to alert you that the dementia sufferer is entering a room that may pose a significant danger when that person is left unattended.

The Doorway Anti Wander Safety Beam Alarm is a wandering management solution that can be utilised in almost any dementia care environment.

Take a closer look at the Doorway Anti Wander Safety Beam Alarm now.

3. Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Chair Leaving Sensor Mat - £69.99

The Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Chair Leaving Sensor Mat is a very similar system to the Wireless Care Alarm Kit With Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat, but is designed for use with a chair rather than a bed. This dementia wandering alarm is designed for use in a care situation where the person being cared for is at risk of wandering from the safety of their chair.

The Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Chair Leaving Sensor Mat is supplied complete with a smaller sensor mat than the bed leaving mat, so that it can fit on a seat. When the dementia sufferer rises from their chair, the carer will be alerted by a vibration and/or sound alarm from their pager.

The chair sensor mat can also be placed on the floor to alert the carer when the dementia sufferer steps on the mat.

The Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Chair Leaving Sensor Mat can be used alongside the Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Large Bed Leaving Sensor Mat so that both the bed and chair can be monitored. This makes it an ideal wandering management solution where a dementia sufferer is moved from their bed to their chair for respite relief or a change of position.

Take a closer look at the Wireless Care Alarm Kit with Chair Leaving Sensor Mat now.

4. Long Range Floor Sensor Mat and Pager System - £257.99

This floor sensor mat system has the rather long title of Silent Alert Care Call Wireless Alerting System with Pager, Mini Monitor and Under Carpet Pressure Pad on our website. This system is an ideal solution if you require extra range or distance between the pager and the floor sensor mat to alert you of a person wandering. This may be required in larger properties, or where a next door neighbour is a carer.

The system is supplied complete with a vibrating pager, an under carpet pressure pad, a charger and a transmitter.

The pager has two range settings. The normal setting will alert you if the floor sensor mat is stepped on up to 100 metres away (in an open field). However, this pager system has a nifty trick up its sleeve. On its even longer range setting, the pager's sensitivity is turned up, and the pager is capable of picking up a signal from the transmitter up to 1000 metres away (in an open field). This provides a huge range, and is ideal if a next door neighbour is monitoring the sensor, or if you are in a larger care environment or house.

This floor sensor mat for wandering is easy to operate. Simply place the sensor pad under a rug or mat so that it blends in with the surroundings of the room and reduces the risk of slipping.

Extra pagers can be added to the system for additional monitoring by carers. This really is the ultimate floor sensor kit for wandering, especially in larger care environments or domestic properties.

Take a closer look at the Silent Alert Care Call Wireless Alerting System with Pager, Mini Monitor and Under Carpet Pressure Pad now.

5. Wandering Alarm With Voice Alert - £54.99

This wander alarm is called a Fall Alarm With Voice Alert, but it is so much more than a fall alert sensor. It can be used as an incredibly helpful device to automatically guide a wandering person back to their bed or chair.

The Fall Alarm With Voice Alert is supplied complete with a cable with clip that is attached to the main unit via a magnetic contact. The cable is clipped to the dementia sufferer's clothing. As soon as the person gets up and starts to wander, they will pull the cable away from the unit automatically without their knowledge and it will trigger a voice message that will speak to the person wandering.

The fantastic feature of this system is that you can record your own voice message that will be familiar to the dementia sufferer. For instance, you could record the message "Hello mum, please get back into bed so that you don't fall and hurt yourself." This message will then be spoken to the person as soon as they get up and break the cable contact.

You can also add a bed sensor to the unit if you would like to to trigger the voice message the moment the person stands up from their bed, once again speaking a familiar voice instruction to the wanderer to guide them back to safety. This bed sensor mat can be purchased separately for £29.99 and added to the system. If you require a chair or wheelchair system, simply add the chair sensor mat instead. However, the unit works perfectly with the cable clip supplied as standard.

Take a closer look at the Fall Alarm With Voice Alert now.

6. Bed Fall Protection Safety Mat - £79.99

The Bed Fall Protection Safety Mat is a foldable bedside crash mat that can be placed alongside the bed to offer a safer surface if a fall does occur.

Dementia sufferers that are prone to wandering are at a much higher risk of falls, especially if they suffer with balance issues or their legs are not as strong as they used to be. As soon as they attempt to wander from their bed, they may fall. This can be incredibly detrimental as the hips, limbs or head may suffer a serious blow. 

The Bed Fall Protection Safety Mat has been designed to lessen the impact of the fall and protect the dementia sufferer as far as possible from suffering a more serious injury.

This crash mat can be folded away for storage or folded out of the way when putting the dementia sufferer to bed to avoid confusion.

Take a closer look at the Bed Fall Protection Safety Mat now.

7. Safehip AirX Hip Pad Hip Protector Underwear - £59.99

Safehip AirX Hip Pad Hip Protector Underwear is a great solution for dementia sufferers who wander and are at an increased risk of falls. The bed fall crash mat at number 6 in our top ten products is a great item for bedside fall protection. However, if the person wanders beyond the Bed Fall Protection Safety Mat, they are no longer protected. 

With the Safehip AirX Hip Pad Hip Protector Underwear, the person who is wandering carries their fall protection with them at all times. This comfortable and slim-to-the-body underwear has built in hip shield pads that protect the hips from fractures if a fall occurs. These hip impact guards disperse the forces of an impact away from the hips towards soft tissue areas, reducing the risk of a fracture.

The Safehip AirX Hip Pad Hip Protector Underwear is available in four styles for men and women. It provides peace of mind for the wearer and for the carer.

Take a closer look at the Safehip AirX Hip Pad Hip Protector Underwear now.

8. PIR Transmitter And Alarm Pager Kit - £78.99

The PIR in this kit stands for passive infra red. What does this mean in practical terms? Well, the PIR sensors are motion sensors capable of picking up motion in a wider area than beam and sensor mat alarm. This is the ideal wander alarm if sensor mats are not suitable for your circumstances and you need to be alerted if there is movement in a certain area. This kit is a great alternative to bed and chair sensor mat monitors and floor sensor mats as it picks up motion and is not dependent upon a mat being triggered.

A common use for this type of system is in a kitchen or other area where there is an increased risk of injury, but a sensor mat may be impossible to place or cause a trip hazard. Floor mats may also be unsuitable in certain settings as they rely on the wandering person to step on the mat. Where there are a number of different routes into an area or there is a large opening to a room that a floor sensor mat cannot span, the PIR Transmitter And Alarm Pager Kit is a great solution.

You can even use this motion sensor by placing it under the bed facing out towards the direction that a dementia sufferer may wander. As soon as the duvet cover is flipped off the bed or the legs are positioned to exit the bed, the motion sensor will alert so that you can react immediately.

With the PIR Transmitter And Alarm Pager Kit, you will receive one PIR transmitter and a pager. With this incredibly simple system, that is all you need. However, if you need to monitor more than one area at the same time, you can add up to 8 PIR motion sensors that will all trigger the same pager.

The PIR Transmitter And Alarm Pager Kit is a super package that has multiple applications. The PIR sensor monitors are very similar to the PIR room sensors that are normally used to trigger burglar alarms in domestic homes. You often see these in the corners of the room near the ceiling. With this PIR wander alarm, you can monitor movements and wandering that may not be detected with other sensors.

Take a closer look at the PIR Transmitter And Alarm Pager Kit now.

9. Door and Window Transmitter With Pager Alarm Kit - £79.99

This door and window opening alarm kit is ideal if you need to be alerted to a door or window being opened. The system works with a very simple magnetic contact with built in transmitter. Half of the magnetic contact transmitter is placed on the door or window, and the other half on the frame. When the door or window is opened, the contact is broken and a signal is sent to the pager to alert you that a door or window has been opened.

This wander alarm kit is the perfect solution if the person suffering with dementia opens windows or exits through doors, in turn compromising their safety.

You will be alerted to a door or window opening with a vibrating or alarming pager that can be carried by the carer.

Another great feature of this system is that it is fully expandable. If you need to monitor more than one door or window, simply add more contact sensors (up to a maximum of 8).

You can even set the pager to vibrate and sound in two different ways. If you have two separate door contacts (one on the front door and one on the back door), you can set your pager to alert slightly differently for each door. This means that you will know whether it was the front or back door that was opened, enabling you to react quickly to the correct door.

Take a closer look at the Door and Window Transmitter With Pager Alarm Kit now.

10. Floor Pressure Mat Wander Alarm With Pager and Transmitter - £149.99

The Floor Pressure Mat Wander Alarm With Pager and Transmitter is a handy floor sensor with an extra feature not present on many floor sensor mat wander alarm systems.

Most floor mat sensor systems will trigger when a dementia sufferer who is wandering steps on the mat (or the rug that the mat is placed under). As soon as the wandering patients steps off the mat, the alarm will stop triggering. This means that if the patient steps on and off of the mat quickly, there is a chance the carer will miss the alert and not be able to react to the patient wandering from their bed or chair. 

With the Floor Pressure Mat Wander Alarm With Pager and Transmitter, there is an additional feature not present on standard floor alarm. The alarm will trigger as soon as the mat is stepped on, but will continue to alert for a further two minutes or until the pager is silenced by the carer. This means that even the most brief step on the sensor mat will not be missed by the carer, providing peace of mind and enabling you to react to a wander situation.

The system has a range of 120 metres (in an open field), making it ideal for both domestic and care home environments.

Take a closer look at the Floor Pressure Mat Wander Alarm With Pager and Transmitter now.

Need More Help Selecting A Dementia Wandering Product?

Choosing the right products for your particular circumstances can be really tricky. You are aware that you need something in place to help you care for someone suffering with dementia, but you might not know the best product to select. That's where we can help. We hope that this guide goes some way to explaining what we think are some of the best products available to help you with a wandering family member, friend or patient. However, if you would like any help selecting an appropriate product for your needs, please call us on 0207 931 8766 and we help you with the selection process.

Thank you for reading this top 10 dementia wandering products post. We hope it has helped you familiarise yourself with the best dementia wandering alarms and items from Health and Care.

All items specified in this post have been selected as they can assist in a care situation, however they do not remove the need for or replace a carer, and should be used in conjunction with appropriate nursing care.

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