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WalkerAgingWomanCreditdamir-bosnjak-366766-unsplashRESIZEDDear Carol: My 96-year-old mother has moderate signs of dementia and lives in an assisted living facility (ALF). Mom can feed herself but she needs assistance with most other activities including transferring from her bed to her lift-chair or wheelchair, but she won’t use her call-light to get help. Last evening, Mom had tried to move from the lift chair to the wheelchair and an aide found her on the floor. Mom wasn’t injured this time but what about the next time? The facility says they cannot use any alarms to alert staff that she is trying to get out of her bed or chair because these alarms are considered illegal restraints. Do you have any suggestions? – KB

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Hi Christian,
Thanks for getting in touch. I'll be checking into this.
Take care,


There is a new technology becoming available across the globe called Guardian Sentry Fall Management.

It can work on any patient type in any care setting.

This new technology has been in beta-testing since 2014 in the UK (which has stringent laws on patient restraint) and is now being released for use in Europe, Asia and America.

Year on year results are encouraging with fall reduction rates of up to 75% being recorded, these results are due to be published in early 2019.

Visit the company’s website at for more information or you can email me directly for more information at

Thank you

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