Give Your Old Baby Monitor a New Life
Is your old baby monitor collecting dust around the house? Now you can donate your monitors to Hospice of Wake County (HOWC), which will place them in patients' homes to help them. HOWC is also accepting monetary donations and new batteries for the program.
A non-profit agency, HOWC provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to people living with an advanced illness, their caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one. Donating a baby monitor offers a double benefit, facilitating communication with someone who is ill while easing the caregiver's load, says HOWC program facilitator Meredith Barrett.
As patients decline they are not as able to project their voices, and this small item can really make a difference in a patient's home, says Barrett, a licensed clinical social worker with a master's degree in social work. "Baby monitors are an effective tool for reducing falls, as they allow caregivers to hear their loved one if they have stepped into another room," she says. "The ability for caregivers to take a personal moment, knowing they will be able to hear their loved one, can help to reduce caregivers' overall stress level."
Items are being accepted at the agency's administrative office at 250 Hospice Circle, just off Trinity Road in Raleigh. Carolina Parent is also collecting baby monitors for donation to the HOWC program at our Baby Shower Meetups Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, at the following Bright Horizons.
Bright Horizons at Independence Park
4205 Capitol Street
Durham, NC 27704
Bright Horizons at Harrison Park
800 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513