Baby monitor is a good way to monitor elderly parent’s during the night

It’s been a while since I’ve needed to use a baby monitor in my son’s room, but I keep it on because his bedroom is just across the hall from mom’s bedroom and having the monitor on allows me to hear at night if either needs me.

I first began using a baby monitor several years after my mother had a nasty fall while visiting relatives.  Her recovery required a nursing home stay and months of physical therapy before she could return to our house, which had a divided floor plan. I used the baby monitor so I could hear her during the night if she was having any distress or needed my help going to the bathroom.

One particular night instead of a hearing uncontrolled coughing or my name being called, I awoke to the sound of bumps coming from the vicinity of her room. I soon realized that the noise was the sound of her walker banging against the hallway walls as she made her way to the bathroom.  I couldn’t help but smile because it was the first time she had been able to stand and go to the bathroom without human assistance since her accident.  It was the best scary bump in the night sound I ever heard.






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