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Bed Occupancy Sensor

The bed mat is designed to trigger an alarm if the user vacates their bed during a set time period and does not return to bed within the pre-programmed absence period.

It helps to detect people who may have fallen going to the toilet or have become disoriented and left their bed in the middle of the night.

Once the absence period has been exceeded, a call is generated to the Support Centre where an officer can speak through the Lifeline Unit to assess the situation. Our officers will check the user is okay and that the call is a false alarm. If the alert is genuine and there is a problem or no response, the officer will begin arranging for help to arrive.

Assistive Technology Bed Pad

How does it work?

The Bed Occupancy Sensor Mat has five pressure pads built into it in different positions across the mat to ensure accuracy. It is positioned between the mattress and the bed base and then 'zeroed' - similar to weighing scales - to ensure it recognises the weight of the user in addition to the weight of the mattress and covers.

The Sensor Controller programmes the equipment, including time period to be active between, absence period before alarm is triggered and sensitivity of the mat.

If the user leaves the bed and does not return within the absence period, a call is triggered to our Support Centre where our officers will get in touch to assess the situation and arrange support.

Assistive Technology Sensor Controller


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Richard was healthy and active until a car accident left him with two broken legs. He gets around using a wheelchair while his injuries mend but fidgets in his sleep, often irritating his broken legs and causing himself pain. Richard regularly wakes up in the middle of the night because of this and can't get back to sleep, regularly resulting in him needing the toilet.

Richard's toilet is upstairs and he did not want to modify his house to fit a stair-lift as his injury is only temporary. This means he has a tricky transfer from his wheelchair onto the bottom step and he lifts himself upstairs backwards, one step at a time. Richard once slipped in the day time doing this manoeuvre while he had family present and it knocked his confidence. If he fell during the night, he would have to wait until morning for someone to come to his rescue.

His father suggested a fall detector but after doing some research, Richard decided he would be embarrassed about wearing one and would only need it at night-time so he would probably forget to put it on. While doing his research online, he saw the bed occupancy sensor and chose to enquire about it.

Richard’s bed occupancy sensor is discreet and gives him all the support he needs to stay independent without wearing any equipment that would make his sleep more uncomfortable. Thankfully, Richard has never triggered a call using the bed occupancy sensor but says he sleeps better with peace of mind, knowing he can access help and won’t spend the night in pain on a cold floor should he have an accident.

If you think you or someone you know would benefit from having a Bed Occupancy Sensor installed, you can: