1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. StephT

    StephT Registered User

    Apr 4, 2013
    25
    My husband sleeps in a different room to me (he snores loudly) and so I have a bed monitor under his bottom sheet so that if he is out of bed for more than 5 minutes an alarm goes off next to my bed so that I can go to him and see what is wrong.
    The problem is the bed monitor is plastic and he has been complaining that it is making him sweat and making his bed wet.
    Has anyone had this problem and found a solution?
     
  2. patchworkamber

    patchworkamber Registered User

    Jan 6, 2014
    45
    south east wales
    Like you my husband now sleeps in another room. He is downstairs due to mobility issues. I bought a sensor alarm and as soon as he legs come out and break the 'beam' I am alerted either by chimes or what sounds like a car alarm. It works great as long as the cats aren't in the room as well. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Tiller Girl

    Tiller Girl Registered User

    May 14, 2012
    91
    Not sure what type of sheets you're using but a natural cotton or a brushed cotton sheet might stop the sweating.
     
  4. thebes

    thebes Registered User

    Feb 10, 2014
    163
    London
    We had abed monitor for a while and I found it a boon, alerting me when my OH stood up from bed as he was very wobbly, not really safe to be up and about while I slept. I think I put it under his draw sheet and disposable pad, to help it stay in place as he is restless and it easily moved around. As he suffers from night sweats anyway it would have been hard to tell if that helped.
     
  5. Lawson58

    Lawson58 Registered User

    Alternatively, you could try a pressure mat next to the bed which would let you know that he had stepped out of bed. They use them in care homes for people who are likely to be a falls risk. I don't think they come with a timer but if he is comfortable in bed he may not get up quite so often.
     
  6. StephT

    StephT Registered User

    Apr 4, 2013
    25
    Thank you for all your replies. I need the monitor in the bed as I only, at the moment need to know if he gets up and starts getting dressed or if he has been in the bathroom too long. Nearly all the time he manages to go to the toilet in the night on his own, so I don't want to be woken every time he gets up. It's just occasional he has problems and I need to help him change or change the bed.
     
  7. Mrsbusy

    Mrsbusy Registered User

    Aug 15, 2015
    356
    Is it possible to put it in a pillowcase or cushion cover?
     
  8. StephT

    StephT Registered User

    Apr 4, 2013
    25
    Is it possible to put it in a pillowcase or cushion cover?

    Unfortunately no as it goes right across the width of the bed.
     
  9. Mrsbusy

    Mrsbusy Registered User

    Aug 15, 2015
    356
    I don't know how clever you are with sewing, personally I'm useless, can you not make a cover for it using say for example two table runners stitched together, or even old sheets from the bed wrapped around it. As I'm no good with sewing I'd glue it together.

    Another idea is how about three pillowcases, or however many it takes to cover it, undo the end of the pillow cases, and stitch them together to make one long one. So you stitch the end of the cases, but are still able to pass the monitor through it. Then stitch the other ends of the next pillowcase, so eventually you have one long pillowcase. I can see what I mean in my head but it's hard to explain.

    How about a bolster pillow case?
     
  10. StephT

    StephT Registered User

    Apr 4, 2013
    25
    Thank you for your suggestions I will see what I can do.
     
  11. StephT

    StephT Registered User

    Apr 4, 2013
    25
    I have bought a bolster cover which is 6' long so the bed monitor slips into it and then I have tucked the ends of the cover under the mattress so that it keeps the monitor from moving around. So at the moment I seem to have found a solution. Thank you for all your suggestions.
     
  12. Lindy50

    Lindy50 Registered User

    Dec 11, 2013
    5,302
    Cotswolds
    Could you use a timer with a pressure mat next to the bed? You can buy these, or social services may supply ( possibly for a rental fee)
     

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