Best Dementia Clocks
Wednesday, 3 July 2019 | Paul
Trying to stop a loved one with dementia from becoming confused can be an uphill struggle, but by introducing small changes to their life you can help them to remain as comfortable as possible. An inexpensive and non-invasive way of pursuing this is to give them a dementia clock: this is our rundown of the Best Dementia Clocks currently available.
Why Get A Dementia Clock?
For people who suffer from dementia, not knowing what day of the week it is can be a significant cause for anxiety. By displaying the weekday or time of day clearly, dementia clocks help sufferers to avoid confusion or embarrassment about what day of the week it is. They are a generally inexpensive addition which can have a huge impact on a loved one's confidence and well-being.
What Options Are Available?
There's a lot more variety than you might think in dementia clocks, and a lot of factors to keep in mind. To help you find the best dementia clock for your loved one or client we've broken down our collection into the top picks for different needs.
Our Most Popular
Geemarc Viso10 Dementia Clock
Packing in all the essential features of a dementia and conventional clock, without becoming over-crowded or confusing, it is no surprise that the Geemarc Viso10 Dementia Clock is our most popular dementia clock. Its extra-large display is clear and easy to read even from a distance, and it includes no abbreviations to guarantee easy comprehension. It can also be programmed into any of eight languages in case your loved one or patient does not read English easily.
Our Top Pick for Subtlety
For some people with dementia, having a clock which shouts "memory issues" can be a reason to push back on an accessible weekday clock.
Geemarc Viso10 Wood Effect Dementia Clock
With all the same features as the standard Viso10, but a different wood finish, the Geemarc Viso10 Wood Effect Dementia Clock is a stylish alternative to our most popular dementia clock. The appealing design and clear layout of this model look like smart aesthetic choices rather than accessibility necessities, so your loved one or patient can stay oriented without feeling embarrassed by the presence of a reminder clock.
Our Top Picks for Clarity
Sometimes, for those particularly likely to be confused, the priority is just to make the weekdays as clear as possible, without any additional perks or details.
Day Clock Dementia Clock
The quintessential dementia clock, the Day Clock Dementia Clock uses a large digital display to spell out the day in clear terms. This clock avoids complicating things by offering additional information or confusing details and includes just the basics needed to avoid confusion: the day of the week and the current part of the day (morning, afternoon, etc.). It includes a secure, tamper proof button to avoid accidental time changing and further confusion.
Analogue Days of the Week Clock
For an alternate approach, the Analogue Days of the Week Clock includes a clear, concise dial to represent each day of the week. By using a single handle and clear day segments, this analogue display concisely shows both what day it is and when it is in the day, without risking complexity or confusion. It is an excellent choice for anyone with memory issues who might be resistant to the use of, or struggle with, a digital display.
Our Top Pick for Use on Wards
There are some specific considerations you might have for a dementia ward, as opposed to a residential situation.
Dementia Ward Orientation Clock
On a dementia ward it is vital that all patients are able to maintain some degree of orientation; a clock such as the Dementia Ward Orientation Clock, which has been designed specifically for use with multiple patients on a ward, is the most effective solution. This dementia clock can be customised to show just the vitals or extra information, such as the specific time or date. It features a large 27 inch screen so anyone in the ward can see it easily.
Our Top Pick for Day and Night Clock
To help guarantee someone with dementia stays as oriented as possible, some dementia clocks come equipped with additional features to clearly mark morning, mid day, evening or night.
Day and Night Dementia Clock
Alongside its clear and readable analogue face, the Day and Night Dementia Clock includes a rotating graphic to represent whether it is day or night. This helps those with memory issues to keep track of their day, giving them a quick and easy way to determine if the time on the clock is AM or PM. Since dementia patients sometimes have trouble determining where in the day they are, this helps to avoid confusion.
Our Top Pick for the Blind
For those with severe vision impairment or blindness, even extra large clear visual indications of the time and day may be difficult to decipher. Talking clocks offer an elegant solution for them to maintain independence and avoid confusion.
Talking Button Alarm Calendar Clock
Instead of a clear display, the Talking Button Alarm Calendar Clock uses clear audio to announce the time, date and day. It can be pressed whenever your client or loved one wants to know the time, giving them agency over their day even if they have trouble seeing or understanding a traditional analogue or digital clock display. It also includes a programmable alarm, and a spoken settings process that can be used without sight.
Our Top Pick Pill Reminders
Beyond confusion about the day of the week, one of the most common obstacles experienced by those with memory problems can be remembering when to take medication.
Your Minder Talking Medication Alarm Clock
Combining a clear time and day display with voice recorded alarm facilities, the Your Minder Talking Medication Alarm Clock is perfect for dementia patients who have difficulty keeping track of their medication. Since the alert can be custom recorded, you can insure your client or loved one feels comfortable with and understands the reminder. It also features a "talk" button, which will speak the time and day at the push of a button.
Vibralite 8 Vibrating Reminder Watch
As a wristwatch, the Vibralite 8 Vibrating Reminder Watch marks a departure from the other dementia clocks on this list. Since it is compact and uses abbreviations it may simply be unsuitable for some dementia patients, who suffer from accessibility issues such as very poor sight. For others, however, this watch is an excellent way to keep track of medication and remember the day, including 8 programmable alarms and vibrating alerts which are clear to the wearer but discreet to those around them.
Comfort and Independence
Having a loved one with dementia can be difficult, but there are easy steps which can make life more enjoyable for both you and them. Dementia clocks are one of the simplest interventions you can make to improve their quality of life without taking any of their independence away.