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You can get grab rails that fix to the bed frame so that your mother has something to hold on to; that might give you enough extra time? I also found that having a good stout commode next to the bed at night time at least stopped her trying to make it all the way to the bathroom. Have a look at disability equipment websites and see what might suit.
I'm afraid I never completely solved this problem, so all I can really do is sympathise.
My mother had one of the noise makers at a rehab. It was awful. Every time she moved, the thing went off. There may be ways to make them less sensitive. We cut hers off.
A baby monitor might work if she would wait for you after calling and if she had the ability to call.
For my Dad, I bought a small heavy side bar that can be attached to the bed under the mattress. This small side bar was great for him to use to help him stand up enough so he could grab his walker.
Sadly, so many elders as they age tend to fall, and we can only do what we can to help prevent it. Sometimes it is impossible :(
On the other end, when it's turned on, you hear any movement or speech, or coughing. you learn quickly to differentiate from normal sounds to something more varied or that lasts longer - like sounds of getting up.
I've worked in elder care and at nights, always bring my own set, not expensive. When I've recommended it to patients who live with their elder relatives, they have tried and love it. For it is just as reassuring as it is when used for a baby - you can also hear steady breathing which shows sleep. If I hear a little coughing, I wait - if it continues a while, I'll get up and go in, add a hug and a dab of Vicks to the person's chest, or raise the bed a bit - the monitor is really helpful to stay on top of whatever is a risk.
I like the idea of the cowbell attached to the walker.
I was skeptical at first. I myself am a retired nurse and I'll agree that the early models did false alarm. However I was desperate. It's really hard handling this on your own and even with my adult children living in the house she would still try and get up without any of us!
The newer alarms are a little smaller so they don't call false alarms. I never had a false alarm, ever and I used it for a good solid year. If you're interested the following is the exact model I got.
I would also recommend getting a chair alarm as well. I like the one below but it doesn't have a cord. However, I've used it for a while now and haven't had to change the batteries yet, so knock on wood.
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