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 Can Benefit?

  • 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 results can we expect?  

  • Opportunities for greater privacy and dignity for the individual

  • Proactive rather than reactive responses by staff and/or family

  • Enhanced care planning and education around the activities of daily living

  • Heightened awareness of individuals’ self-care and hygiene routines

What technology can help?

A SimplyHome System, including components such as:

  • Water sensors (to detect humidity/moisture on the floor or in cabinets)

  • Motion sensors (can be sequenced with bathroom door sensors and/or bed pad)

  • Incontinence pads (to monitor or help address toileting issues)

  • Paging pendant (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 types of alerts can be sent?

Here are some sample situations in which staff, family members, and/or the individuals themselves can receive alerts:

  • 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's Story

James lives in a small supported living setting with other senior adults. He requires some physical assistance after toileting and showering, but caregivers wanted to give him as much privacy as possible.

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 in the bathroom after a given period of time, indicating that James might have fallen or need assistance.