Using baby monitors for elder care?

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My grandmother is 91 and she’s getting rather frail which is to be expected at 91 I guess. She recently came up for a week visit at my parent’s house. My parent’s have a gorgeous old Victorian home that really isn’t designed for people who are elderly. The staircases are gorgeous but there is no way a 91 year old woman is going to be climbing them. The problem is that the bedrooms are on the second floor and that’s where my parents sleep. That means my grandmother would have to sleep downstairs while my parents sleep upstairs. That didn’t leave them with a comfortable feeling because if she needs something in the middle of the night or heaven forbid should fall, they wouldn’t be really likely to hear her upstairs on the other end of the house.

They came across a really unique solution. They found one of the video baby monitors that would let them hear and see her and left it by the bed so that she could turn it on at bedtime and set it on her walker if she had to get up in the middle of the night. That way they wouldn’t have to worry as much if she did get up. I don’t know the exact model that they used but it was really similar to the Summer Infant Best View Color Handheld Video Monitor.  I thought this was a really neat solution to what would have otherwise been a difficult situation. I used a video monitor when the kids were tiny but really hadn’t give them much thought other than that. Great way to think outside of the box!

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  1. That is a wonderful idea, I wouldn't have thought to do that. My aunt used one when her dog was pregnant, she was due anytime and my aunt wanted to be able to know if she went into labor in the middle of the night. Afterwards she was able to make sure that her momma dog as taking good care of the pups.

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