New Tool for Caregivers in Carlsbad – The Smart Bed

Increasing Seniors' Safety - The Smart BedBefore long, your aging parent may have a more advanced smart-technology device than you do.

Sound surprising? A few of the people behind the Apple company’s groundbreaking computers, phones, and mobile devices have decided to take a different route from their colleagues. Founding BAM Labs with other like-minded engineers, these experts decided to devote their energies to designing and producing products that improve the health and safety of seniors. They also make it easier for health care providers and in-home caregivers to provide excellent assistance.

The newest product from BAM Labs is a “smart bed.” Already in experimental use in several facilities, its features have quickly grown very popular with health care professionals. For Seniors needing caregivers in Carlsbad (and anywhere else) it promises to make the job of caring for bedridden patients easier than ever before, adding a new level of convenience and safety. Best of all, it only costs about $150.00 per month to lease and use the bed and its associated equipment.

The “smart bed” replaces all of the wires, switches, and other bulky components found on hospital beds with a wafer-thin sheet that slips underneath a patient’s mattress. This sheet is covered with sensors that transmit a reminder to in-home caregivers or hospital nurses when it is time to adjust a patient’s position. This reminder can be programmed to broadcast to a mobile device or computer carried by caregivers, relieving them of the responsibility of keeping track of the time on their own.

There are far more tasks that this new bed performs, however. Using revolutionary monitoring technology, the wireless pad also continuously measures vital signs like heart rate and breathing. Instead of waking up a patient to take a blood pressure reading, in-home caregivers can simply pull up the smart bed’s information on a device to make sure everything is as it should be. If a patient’s vital signs stray into dangerous territory, the caregiver knows immediately thanks to the bed’s constant monitoring.

One final advantage is that the smart bed helps hospital and in-home caregivers in Carlsbad and elsewhere respond instantly if a patient incorrectly tries to get out of bed. Seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or a weakening illness who should not get out of bed without help sometimes injure themselves or wander into a hazardous area. With the smart bed, an alert to a nurse can make sure that help is on the scene as quickly as possible. Reports from the facilities using the bed show that falls have been greatly reduced during the experiment.

 

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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