Advantages and Disadvantages of Bed Mat and Floor Mat Sensor Solutions

It can be time consuming trying to review all the market solutions for bed and floor mat sensors.   There are so many solutions out there, all with their own unique advantages and disadvantages.    We have taken some of the work out of the task of choosing, narrowing down the choices based on the results of our research.   Here is what we have found, narrowing it down to the best on offer:


The best on offer by a long shot is Auto Bed Alert. 

It is a small internet of things bed sensor that attaches to a bed or chair, without having to touch the person.   It sends an alert to the carers phone or tablet letting them know that the person has left the bed or chair, all within 3 seconds.  The carer then responds immediately, providing the necessary care.   The advantage of this product is that it works quickly, notifies carers seamlessly and all without disturbing the person at risk.   Another huge advantage is the data that it generates, with reporting available to identify regular periods of activity, time it takes to respond and other essential care management tools.     This information can be made available as appropriate to family in adherence with GDPR.    In addition, it is a long-term solution that does not require regular replacing of bed mats and bed pads, or floor mat sensors, so overall, it’s simple to install, environmentally friendly and cost-effective.    It comes with a full support package from the Auto Bed Alert team.    It is difficult to find any disadvantages with this product.


Advantages of Bed Pads and Bed Mat Sensors.  

Advantages:  If you are looking for a disposable solution, many bed pad and bed mat solutions are on offer.  The advantage of disposable bed mats is that they are a simple solution that come with a pager if you just need a simple pager alert.   They are simple and easy to install.


Disadvantages of Bed Pads and Bed Mat Sensors.

The disadvantages of bed pads and floor mats is the constant cleaning that is required and the poor functionality.  In many ways are not hygienic if not cleaned regularly and properly and are they not suitable for situations where infection control is paramount.    Also, they do not provide any insight to management on the care required for the individual.   They are more a one-size-fits-all, without the data.  In addition, there is a high carbon footprint associated with the disposable element.  They also need to be replaced regularly, which leads to increased costs.


Advantages of Floor Mat Sensors

Advantages:  If you just need a simple pager alert system without any intelligence, then a floor mat may be the answer.  A Floor mat sensor does not have the same sanitary overhead as a bed mat as is easier to manage overall.


Disadvantages of Floor Mat Sensors

The big disadvantage of floor mats is the trip hazard potential.   They may end up working against the very thing you are trying to do – to enhance resident safety.  If a person’s foot gets caught in the mat or even trips on the wire attached to it as the leave the chair or bed, there may be negative consequences.  Also, if the wire becomes detached due to unintended movement, it may render the product completely ineffective.  In addition a resident choose not to stand on the mat, which then renders them useless.  Also, the carer does not know where specifically where the alert is coming from, which potentially adds time to the resident receiving care.  As with the bed mat sensors, there is a high carbon footprint associated with the disposable element.

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