Toileting & Bathing
For many individuals, living independently can create safety concerns around toileting and bathing. Our remote sensor systems promote opportunities for independence by addressing issues such as water usage, flood risks, assistance with toileting or bathing, and the completion of daily hygiene routines.
Who do we consider?
- Anyone who gets up in the middle of the night to access the bathroom
- Individuals at risk for falling or who need physical assistance while in the bathroom
- Individuals who need prompting to complete daily hygiene routines
- People with behavioral patterns that create toilet, sink or tub stoppage and flooding
What will we achieve?
- Opportunities for privacy and dignity on behalf of the individual
- Proactive rather than reactive responses by staff and/or family
- Enhanced care management and education around the activities of daily living
- Heightened awareness of individuals’ self-care and hygiene routines
What technology do we use?
- A SimplyHome System, including components such as:
- Water sensors (to detect humidity/moisture on the floor or in cabinets)
- Motion sensors (may be sequenced with bathroom door sensors and/or bed pad)
- Incontinence pads (may monitor or help address toileting issues)
- Paging pendant (may be worn by the individual or mounted in the bathroom to request assistance)
- Verbal cues (for reminders of when to brush teeth, take a shower, etc.)
What rules can alert staff, family members or the individuals themselves?
- When the bathroom door or a cabinet is opened
- If motion stops after a given time and no other sensors are triggered in home
- If water pools on the floor or in a cabinet
- If someone gets out of bed at night, uses the bathroom, and doesn’t return to bed
- When someone pushes the panic/paging pendant to request help
James lives in a small home with other people. He requires some physical assistance after toileting and showering, but caregivers wanted to give him more privacy. A pendant was installed in the bathroom that James could push to alert caregivers when he was ready for their support after toileting or bathing on his own. A motion sensor alerts the caregivers if motion is not detected after a given period of time, indicating that James might have fallen.