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Expert Review - Floor Mat with Remote Caregiver Receiver Alert



Nonslip Floor Alarm Mat
Floor Pad, Cable, & Transmitter Unit




Local Transmitter Unit


Inside Controls


Remote Caregiver Receiver


Flashing Yellow Light
MANUFACTURER
Alimed

COST
$275

Batteries: Batteries included

VENDORS
Alimed (Choose mat with "remote alarm" from drop down menu)

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DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
This product sends an alert to the caregiver when pressure from standing or walking is applied to the mat. Caregivers use this kind of mat at the bedside, by a chair, or at an exit door to receive an alert that the person is getting up unassisted or when the person is headed out the door alone and it’s no longer safe for them to do so. The mat is made of vinyl that resembles a rubber surface (manufacturer refers to it as a vinyl rubber).

This monitoring product comes with two units:
  • the floor pad (35" x 23"), attached by a cable to the local alarm/transmitter unit
  • wireless remote caregiver receiver alert
When the pad is stepped on, a signal is sent to the wireless remote caregiver receiver unit, which sounds a beeping alert. The pad has an active sensor area of 29" x 17."

To turn off the caregiver alert, you need to press the reset control on the floor pad’s sensor unit (not at the caregiver alert unit).

PROS
May allow you to get to person’s side to offer assistance or redirect person from leaving home. Caregiver alert is battery operated and portable, so you can take it with you throughout the home as long as you stay within the manufacturer’s 100-foot operating range.

Caregiver alert has a beeping alarm, with low and high volume settings and a flashing yellow light

Floor pad also has a local alarm that can sound when the person steps on the pad, but we do not recommend using this optional feature as the alarm can be agitating to persons with dementia.

Additional settings so you can customize the product for your caregiving needs.

Pad has a beveled edge to reduce tripping and has slip-resistant top and bottom

Caregiver alert seems loud enough to wake you from sleep - especially important if the person with dementia is prone to wander at night.

Available in several colors (green, blue, & maroon) in addition to black. Keep in mind that some people with dementia perceive dark colors such as black as “holes” and may refuse to step on it.

CONS
Although the pad has a beveled edge, it could still be a trip hazard for some individuals (especially for those who shuffle).

You may need to be at the person’s side before they’re up and out of a bed or a chair or right at the door.

There is only one caregiver alert sound available - a beeping sound.

The instructions are somewhat complicated.

Controls on the units are very small and hard to adjust; may be difficult for people with arthritis or vision problems

Floor pad has strong plastic smell at first - may need to air it outside before use. Could irritate person with dementia with heightened sense of smell.

CAUTION
No system is fail proof, and sometimes devices may not work, so use multiple strategies when trying to prevent falls or wandering. See our section on Wandering and on Falls for more ideas.

Although the alert sound may seem loud enough to wake you from sleep - test to make sure that it can wake you from a deep slumber.


Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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