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American Lifetime Newest Version Day Clock Extra Large Impaired Vision Digital Clock with Battery Backup and 5 Alarm Options?

A total of 2 reviews of this product on Reddit.

3 points

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4th Jun 2021

I am in the same situation with my father. My husband and I care for him and he is a handful. Doesn’t sleep much at all. He’s like an infant in the middle of the night. Gets up every 2-3 hours. Walking around the house wanting snacks or something to eat and then goes to his room 30 min later.

We’ve told him over and over it’s bedtime. Occasionally he will listen. I experimented and started taking him on more outings during the day in an effort to avoid any day naps and hope he would sleep through the night. It worked for 4 days. I think I was the one more exhausted.

As far as remedies, doctor gave Us the okay to give him melatonin, 10mg max. It doesn’t faze him. I limit his caffeine intake to before 11am only.

I have a clock that says the day of the week, date, time and type of hour (morning, afternoon, evening). Sometimes this helps to bring him back to a calm place when he sees it’s evening/bedtime. Currently it’s work. Oh it even has alarms this you can customize “take your medicine” etc. I believe it’s called LifeTime. Sorry for the long rant. Good luck.
American Lifetime Newest Version Day Clock Extra Large Impaired Vision Digital Clock with Battery Backup and 5 Alarm Options https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NBNF1DH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_QAQCMCY3BNKJ6PG55RVM
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2 points

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16th Jul 2020

My grandmother had pretty severe dementia before she passed away.

I made a post a while back about how to make a digital picture frame that can be remotely managed for elderly parents, so perhaps my thought process and/or apps could be of use to anyone looking for something similar.

Here are my thoughts:

  1. My grandmother had severe dementia to the point where I had the same conversation with her five times in a row. My dad and her usually talked every day, but she would very quickly forget that they had talked in the first place which would result in multiple calls.
    The knowledge of how to use some sort of modern tech device to contact the outside world would have to have been learned beforehand. As her dementia got worse, she forgot how to do more and more. On top of the dementia, she had pretty bad hearing and arthritis so even writing was a challenge for her. Texting and calling, for my specific situation, wasn’t ideal nor would it have been a useful feature.
    The best way to limit usage during certain hours is to set up scheduled boot and/or other power schedule settings.
    Tasker with a few plugins could easily help with that by creating beginning/end of day tasks with custom buttons for specific actions.

  2. It’s been a while so I forget the specifics, but I’m pretty sure Fully Kiosk browser (info in my post) has the capability to use the camera, so one could possibly use it to locate the device remotely.

  3. Remote control is something I found to be slightly difficult without rooting the machine. I used AirDroid to remotely monitor the machines, however you have to use ADB to set it up, and it automatically resets after a reboot. This could in theory be changed maybe using tasker because there’s a relatively new ability to use adb somehow. I haven’t looked too much into that.
    AnyDesk is another app that I’ve used in the past, but for some reason Amazon Fire tablets don’t like it. Couldn’t figure out why. It has similar features to old TeamViewer in that it’s free, and has no connection time limit.

  4. Function Limiting:
    Either using a kiosk-type program to limit functions and/or tasker for specific actions.

My ultimate suggestion for purchasing tech for elderly parents/grandparents:

  1. Keep it simple. Instead of getting a newfangled device for them to use as a clock/calendar, get something like this for them instead. It’s dead simple and doesn’t require any remote administration.

  2. For video chatting, the google nest hub max has chunky buttons and would be better depending on how far the dementia has progressed. Designing my digital picture frames was one part trying to save money, one part trying to give my grandma something more personal, and one part a technical challenge for people who like to tinker.

  3. Ensure it’s as hands-off as possible. My mom isn’t super tech-savvy, my grandmother was born before the Great Depression, and my dad got so pissed at his first and only android phone that he took a hammer to it. Automate as much as you can.

  4. While all of these features are nice to have, they’re all pointless if the facility has shit wifi. That’s something to consider, so perhaps something with mobile data capability and/or getting a mobile hotspot with a plan of sorts would be good.