Are you a caregiver who regularly assists someone who needs frequent help with the basics of day-to-day life?
If so, you’re probably constantly on edge, worried that you might not hear their call for help while you’re doing something in a distant room.
Well I have a suggestion that just help put your mind at ease: Get yourself a wireless doorbell and use it as a call button!
Here are several reasons why these devices are perfectly suited for this purpose:
1 – They’re very affordable and widely available.
In fact, you can pick one up at your local Walmart or online at Amazon for about the cost of a pizza!
2 – They’re extremely simple to install since there are no wires to connect or run.
Just plug the receiver (the “bell” device) into any electrical outlet that’s located near the center of the house and then install the battery in the remote (the smaller device that has the large button on it). You’re done!
3 – The bell is loud enough to be heard in virtually any room of a large house (even in the basement).
4 – They’re very easy to the person you’re caring for to use to summon your assistance.
All they have to do is press the button (which is large and very easy to push).
5 – The button is easy to keep track of, but if it ever gets lost or damaged you can replace the entire setup for about the cost of another pizza.
You can either place the button on a table near the person’s bed or chair or attach it to a lanyard and let them wear it like a necklace (just be sure there are no sharp corners that could injure the person).
Bottom line: You don’t need to spend big bucks on an official call button device from one of the medical device companies.
A standard wireless doorbell will work just as well.
Just be sure to test the doorbell on occasion (simply press the button to see if it “rings”) and replace the battery when necessary.
To finish up, here’s a very informative short video that offers tips for caring for someone who is in the middle to later stages of dementia. I believe it’s very much worth watching.
Note: As always, you can watch the video at full screen by clicking the “square” icon that will pop up in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.