How Are Wireless Nurse Call Systems Used In Nursing Homes?

Care assist systems hold high potential for enhancing patient well-being in nursing homes and nursing facilities by decreasing emergency response times and focusing on patient safety. Traditionally nurse call systems used to rely on the patients to summon them for assistance. However, with wireless nurse call systems, patients who can’t consciously or actively engage with the system can now get timely nursing treatment.

The system has also been successful in preventing hazardous situations resulting from fall injuries and has enhanced emergency response procedures in many care facilities across the globe.

Here’s how nurse call systems are changing patients’ lives and improving their well-being:

Creating Avenues For Automatic Fall Detection Systems

Traditionally nurse call systems used devices like call buttons, cords, audible alarms in corridors and nurse stations, portable phones, and pagers to respond to patient emergencies. These systems relied on the patient’s ability to call for help if they needed it. So, if a patient has fallen out of bed, they would have to wait and get their bearing while their body absorbs the impact and then get up to press the call button near the bed.

However, wireless nurse call systems alert trackers receive input from other wireless monitoring devices and alert the nurses on-call about which device has gone off and in which room. So, if the patient has fallen unconscious after a fall and cannot call for help, monitoring devices like bed alarms and chair alarms can send an alert that a patient has left the position on the bed and chair and hasn’t returned after some time. This way, attendants can get help and timely treatment to reduce further harm from their injuries.

What You Need To Know About The Nurse Call System

The nurse call system consists of an alert tracker connected simultaneously to text pagers, LED displays, and several other wireless care assist devices. And one of the key features of the alert tracker system is the online backup of the data regarding the triggered alerts.

So before you choose a nurse call system, you should check its compatibility with your existing care assist devices. You can also choose connectivity with various devices like wireless toilet alarms, wireless door sensors, wireless call points, and call belles, wireless floor pressure mats, wireless bed sensors, and wireless chair sensors.

a wireless nurse call system

Usage Of Nurse Call Systems With Monitoring Devices

Nurse call systems can be used in connectivity with a variety of fall detection and monitoring devices that are explained as follows:

Bed Alarms For Dementia Patients

Dementia patients have to go through memory and cognitive impairment. This often makes them feel disoriented, confused, and uncomfortable in unfamiliar settings surrounded by unfamiliar people. So, having a permanent attendant on-call can make them feel agitated and impede their privacy.

By installing bed leaving alarms for your elderly patients and dementia patients can afford them some dignity and privacy in their rooms. It can also give them some personal space throughout the day. And most of all it’ll give them peace of mind that if they incur a fall injury in the night and cannot get back to bed, the sensor will send an alert to the nurse call system and pager. The nurse on-call will come to assist them back to bed or take them for emergency care.

a bed leaving alarm sensor with air mattress

Wireless Window And Door Alarms

If you’ve dementia patients living in your care facility, it can be difficult to manage their wandering tendency. That’s why wireless window and door alarms can help you protect your patients and let you know if they are trying to go outside unescorted. This can increase their risk of getting hurt and getting lost.

Also, elderlies with sleepwalking issues can get lost and injured if they venture outside. This way, your nurse call system and alert tracker can notify your attendant that an exit door was opened at a time when patients are resting for the day.

a door sensor with a pager alert system

Alert Tracker For Nursing Homes

The alert tracker is an integral part of the nurse call system. It’s the device that logs on all the alerts that have been triggered during the day and uploads the data online in a backup log for future use. This device also helps in optimizing the workforce needed to run and assist the patients while answering the emergency alerts.

A supervising attendant on-call can divert the nurses and other attendants to respond to the alerts based on the duties allocated to them in a certain part of the building. That way the closed attendant can rush to the triggered alarm and check on the patient.

a door sensor with a pager alert system

Wireless Convulsion Sensor Mats

Convulsion sensor mats are used to detect tonic-clonic seizures in epilepsy patients. These seizures are accompanied by jerky body movements and put the patient at risk of falling out of bed. If you’re looking to provide the best care for your epilepsy patients, wireless convulsion sensors can alert your staff through the alert tracker and pagers connected to the nurse call system. This way you get your patients the help they need by reducing response time on your staff’s end.


an alert tracker for a nurse call system

Get One Of The Best Care Assist Systems At Frequency Precision

If you’re looking to install a state-of-the-art and easy-to-install nurse call system in your nursing home, check out the nurse call system at Frequency Precision.

We have many care assist devices like chair pressure mats for nurse call systems, emergency call bells in hospitals, smart cordless bed sensor pads, and automatic fall sensors for the elderly that can work in tandem connected to the Airlert nurse call system.

You can get in touch to learn more about our products and their installation. Check out our FAQ section as well to know which system is right for your facility.