I was going to get rid of the nursery monitor I had used for my grandchildren, but just hadn't gotten around to doing so. My mother-in-law had surgery and had to stay with us for a while when she got out of the hospital.
Our bedroom is on the opposite of the house from our guestroom where she was staying. I was a bit concerned about her needing us during the night and not being able to hear her calls for assistance.
Then I remember the nursery monitors I still had not gotten rid of. It is said that in our senior years we go into our second childhood. I pulled them out and used them to keep an open ear for my elderly mother-in-law. I slept comfortable and so did she. Now THAT is re-cycling!
By Sandy from Elon, NC
My mother used them when my stepdad was very ill and sleeping in another room. Even when they had a night sitter with him Mom still turned it on because she wanted to know when he woke up and also the sitter could call her if there was cause for concern. They're very handy!
Last May I broke my upper right arm, just below the shoulder. I had somebody go and buy one of these monitors for me in case I needed something in the night that I couldn't handle by myself. This way my adult mentally handicapped daughter could hear if I needed help. The monitors are handy little things to have on hand.
I love your idea and have shared with those I know who are in the same situation. Thanks much.
I am a property manager and have an office this is in the middle of my complex. I keep the base inside the office and hand set next to the bed. Should anyone try to get in, I can hear them. They are great little machines.
I used this when my Mom lived with me for an extended time. I put one in my room & the other I put next door at my daughters home, since I was hard to wake at night. It worked great both ways.
Thanks for sharing that with us.
Wonderful idea! Much nicer than a bell that many people had used in the past. I will certainly remember this one when/if the need arises. Thank you!
I lived in a beautifully constructed home when my mother was in the last years of her life. Unfortunately, one of the features of the home was steel, fire-proof doors on all the bedrooms. Naturally, I couldn't hear her if she cried out, so I bought 2 sets of monitors. I put one in her room and another in her "living room" which was, in fact, another large bedroom that I adapted to become a living room with a small "kitchen" in her walk-in closet. I put the corresponding pair into my living room and bedroom. Unfortunately, we used them many times before her death on her 86th birthday, but without them, she never could have lived that long. She had at least 5 strokes in the last year of her life, and these monitors saved her every time.
God bless you for posting this message. I hope that many people adapt this strategy.
We have a set of the monitors in the house and garage. When my husband is in the garage I can talk to him without leaving the house.
Ditto except we use ours to keep our ears open for our dogs! As breeders of German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers our 'girls' will often go into labour during the night. When we think this may happen we put them in our whelping room with all the creature comforts they could want and retire to bed. Peaceful in the knowledge that we will hear any restlessness. BTW our whelping room is only 1 room away from our bedroom!
So true! When my Dad was terminally ill with cancer 10 years ago, and heavily medicated, he would get up and fall and hurt himself if we weren't constantly watching him. A friend with little children lent us her nursery monitor, and it helped to lessen the stress in an already very stressful situation. Don't be afraid to offer one if you know someone going through a similiar situation. No doubt they'll appreciate all the help they can get!
God Bless you for your input!
I use mine to "listen" for the washer and dryer which are out in the garage! Sure comes in handy for that! :-)
We did the same thing with my parents. Now that my husband and I are in the house alone and we have the basement and 2 other floors. I'm thinking about how I can set them up so I can holler at him from the basement without calling his cell phone!
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