What are some devices my 92-year-old-mother with profound hearing loss could use?

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My mother is assisted living which apparently has no assistive devices for residents who are hard of hearing. She has hearing aids, but they tell me she can't hear the fire alarm, I find this hard to believe. Anyway I have a bedshaker on her bed, a flasher that goes off when the fire alarm goes off. What other types of thing can I get that can help in this situation?


Otherwise, she can't remain at the assisted living facility. And I cannot take her in and she cannot afford a nursing home, nor does she need to be in one. So any devices that people know of that could help would be greatly appreciated.

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Have you talked to her hearing healthcare provider?
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Thank you Shane.

Surprise, they have alarms, and offered to put a flasher. The problem is if she falls asleep in her recliner or when she goes to bed she wasn't responding to the alarm so that is why I needed to the get system. There are F1 and F2 ALF the requirements are:
In the event of a fire, people living in F1 residences are able to remain in
their room and wait for rescue, while people living in an F2 building must be able
to leave the building within a specified time. People who live in a F2 building have
to be more mobile.

Which I didn't know and wasn't told when I picked the facility. But now she is able to stay there which makes things easier since she just moved there in May and is finally used to it and has made some friends.
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I would think that under the Americans with Disabilities Act that the home would be required to provide a flashing fire alarm for people renting a room there. Hmm. Maybe call the ombudsman anyway.
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Glad to see you researched and found the resources you need to keep your mom safe. Win-Win for all involved.
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Just an update. The solutions I came up with is I purchased the product below and it works perfectly and the issue at the ALF has been resolved. I figured I would post it in case it may benefit others. To solve for my mother not being able to hear the fire alarm which is listed below(which she can a little better now as she had some wax in hear ears removed and assuming the facility stays on top of replacing the hearing aid batteries for her):

Serene Innovations CentralAlert Notifications System Receiver CA-360 (this is the base) and it comes with a bed shaker that I tape to the mattress under the ( this is to wake her at night. The unit also has alarms (which I shut off as she can't hear them) and a flasher, which I leave on and have set up under her TV so she can see it at all times.

CentralAlert Audio Alarm Sensor CA-AX- this is the transmitter that sends a signal to the base when the fire alarm goes off.

CentralAlert Wearable Personal Notification Receiver/Pager CA-PX - This is worn during the day and if the fire alarm goes off a signal is sent from the base and the pager flashes and vibrates (it also has sound but this is no benefit to my mother).

CentralAlert Portable Remote Receiver CA-RX - This works similar to the pager but I have it set up in the bathroom so it flashes. This covers when my mother goes in the bathroom at night or early morning and doesn't have the pager on yet.

Hope this helps! The system can be bought in parts, or some items are packaged together and if you search for it there are various sites that have them which you can check and compare prices. It was very easy to set up. What I really liked is it worked with the alarm system in the facility (or your own home smoke/fire detectors), it is not a product where you have to buy their smoke/fire detector also.
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GardenArtist, that is an interesting solution. The only service I am paying for now for help with showering. Other than that I manage her pill case, she just has to take them everyday which she does do.

I just don't know how to solve for the hearing situation. I may try to contact the fire department as you recommended or a hearing loss association as she just can't be the only one with this issue in the entire state.
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Logan, I've often wondered how much support AL facilities really give their residents, but have gradually realized that some either provide a la carte services, with each services priced and billed, or they rely on in house private duty agencies. FF has experience with this; she had private duty staff caring for her father in AL.
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Just wanted to note, I did compare services before moving her there. The issue is I don't think they were up front about the 24hr staff and what they really did/did not provide. I think a lot of these places do it that way intentionally.
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Thanks everyone. GardenArtist, yes she can get out if the devices work, which hers do. And you are right the provision is general about personal safety. I am glad you are taking notes because I sure learned a lot throughout this process! 

You are right Cwillie! they do call themselves and Assisted Living Facility and there are a lot of things that are a la carte. I do feel like they make it sound like they are there to help and have 24 hour nursing staff on duty and call buttons, but they don't help anyone?? So there is an independent living section in the facility, she's not in that part. I do feel a little duped here. Nothing in the paperwork that they can't help people up etc, this is a rule of theirs...I am starting to wonder if they collect their 1 time activity fee and keep people there for a few months then push them out for one reason or another. I've seen a few people move out since she's been there and I wondered why.

Barb, they did a complete evaluation of her before she was allowed to move in and after, they were completely aware of her hearing issues. So that makes me even more upset. I don't think there is a state regulation about this issue, these are their rules. She has been doing much better, thanks for asking. After the UTI cleared up she was making friends and has a better attitude for sure.

I googled AL facilities that are geared to help people who are hard of hearing and guess what?? I found one in another state that is owned by the same company that owns the AL she lives in! So I told them today and they are going to call them for some advice.

But I don't have a lot of hope as they want to meet with me tomorrow. So I assume they are going to say she can't stay.  I just don't understand how there aren't more places, or how AL doesn't take hearing issues into considerations as a lot of people her age have this issue. 

Has anyone else had this issue? I will call some other facilities to see if they can accommodate people with hearing issues.
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Logan, did the facility not know about mom's hearing loss when they accepted her?

I think I might call the State Ombudsman to find out about state regs regarding this issue.

Has mom settled In? Last time you wrote she'd just been diagnosed with a UTI.
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