Mom is usually pretty immobile. Lives with a great caretaker. Twice in the past couple of weeks she's gotten around her full-bed rail and fallen. She can't seem to manage the intercom we have set up. We're now putting in a baby monitor, but she snores like a freight train. I'm worried that will interfere with caretaker's sleep. How to keep her in bed?
Also at bedtime Mom gets 25 mg of a Seroquel generic (prescribed to reduce agitation and anxiety) which, on its own, never helped her to sleep through the night.
The brand we use is NatureMade, simply because I'm not able to get to the health food store much any more because of having to watch Mom. Otherwise I would use my favorite brand, Solgar.
I understand a time-release version is available which some say is best for staying asleep.
I like melatonin because it acts quickly and doesn't have after-effects that I've been able to notice.
So, if it worked for your mom, would you be so kind as to actually recommend the brand name and/or at least the dosage (milligrams per pill)? No worries if you can't remember - I can't remember the one that worked for others but not for me, although I do think I got it at Sam's Club years ago. :: shrugs :: Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Lots of good ideas above and what you choose to use depends on the stage your loved one is at and their abilities.
I would try pushing one side of the bed against the wall and place a long pillow on the open side tucked in with a cross or draw sheet. Use discretion about the rails but motion tab will be helpful . Push the back of a heavy couch agaist the side of the bed and place a matress on the floor at the end of the bed to cushion any falls. If using a hospital bed put it in the lowest position. if your loved one is still mobile place hand rails at convenient places on the wall so she can safely get up and make sure the walker is at the bed side likewise the comode. A motion sensor in the doorway will alert you to any wandering. Good night lights or motion sensor lights in the patients room will help to orientate her. A baby gate at the top of the stair will prevent a tumble but that can also be a hazard if your loved one tries to step over. Good common sense and judgement about your loved ones abilities often go a long way further than professional advice. if you don't agree don't do it. The caregiver knows best what their loved one is capable of. if you hire an overnight caregiver check their references very carefully and if possible talk to others who haave used them. many are very diligent in staying awake and will bring hobbies to keep themselves occupied BUT some also have day jobs and plan on sleeping so set you alarm and check up on them for the first few nights. you are paying them to watch your loved one so make sure they do it. now i am not talking about the ocassional lapse that happens to the best caretaker even if you make them sit on a hard chair around 3-4 am you may find someone asleep sitting bolt upright. Once you know you can trust your caregiver leave them alone. there is nothing worse than having a relative breathing down your neck all night. Leave plenty of coffee and snacks out and you will soon build loyalty
I have the hospital bed, baby monitors , bed and chair alarm for my husband - his bed is in the den and I sleep in the couch so I am close if he needs me. He still tries to get up sometimes but with the alarm at least I can hear when he does. He has taken the battery out of the bed alarm and he has put some weights on the chair alarm pad so I wouldn't hear him. If this doesn't help , I hope you find a solution soon.
I also added padding to the rug (commercial type pile /fixed to floor) that breaks the fall.
Call buttons and the like are useless.Few will use them after a fall.
Baby monitors and cams can be hacked are often are used to spy on families,scare them or worse.