Dementia day clock

tss502

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Oct 20, 2014
110
Hi.
Does anyone have any experience of using a dementia day clock or similar to help their LO recognise the time of day? My OH is currently waking me up throughout the night wanting to get up.
 

CarerForMum

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May 5, 2017
37
Hi.
Does anyone have any experience of using a dementia day clock or similar to help their LO recognise the time of day? My OH is currently waking me up throughout the night wanting to get up.
Yes tried it with mum, the thing is getting them to look at it, she never looked at it or rarely looked at it :( so wasn't much use. It showed day/night but to her 2am/2pm were the same thing regardless if it was pitch black outside. Though others I know - found it very beneficial - the thing is our loved ones are all different.
 

nmintueo

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Jun 28, 2011
847
UK
Does anyone have any experience of using a dementia day clock or similar to help their LO recognise the time of day? My OH is currently waking me up throughout the night wanting to get up.
A clear and prominent clock of some sort can be useful to some people. But I would think that if your OH isn't even picking up on daylight / darkness cues, a clock would be unlikely to make any difference.
 

hillymilly

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Nov 29, 2012
19
Paignton
A clear and prominent clock of some sort can be useful to some people. But I would think that if your OH isn't even picking up on daylight / darkness cues, a clock would be unlikely to make any difference.
I've got one for my mum. It's currently set to show a 12 hour clock (can be 24 but I think that's too confusing at 88 years old), day and date. It can be changed as she gets worse to show "now it's Tuesday morning/afternoon/evening/night" but will have to see how that goes when we get to that stage.* I must say that she does find it useful.
 

Selinacroft

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Oct 10, 2015
936
Yes Dad has one but last night he called me downstairs at 11.15, midnight, 1.00AM, 2 AM, 3AM, 4.30AM, 5.00AM and 7.00AM. I would say it's usefullness is very limited, from the time when you realise it may be useful to it being completely ignored was very short in dad's case.
I am surviving on sugar and cafeine today! Just got Dad some antibiotics in the hope it may be a UTI coming on and not just dementia.
 

northumbrian_k

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Mar 2, 2017
925
Newcastle
I got one for my wife about 2 years ago. It shows the day and time in large characters and then the full date (dd mmm yyyy) in small characters. I put it in the kitchen next to the calendar as she was always looking at that to find out the day, and usually getting it wrong. I also stopped writing future events onto the calendar as this just encouraged her to stress about things that might not be happening for weeks. I thought that these actions might help her work out the day and time and preserve a bit of independence.

The clock has been of limited use as, even if she looks at it, she appears not to take in what it says. For example, if she is reading the TV listings and I notice that she is on the wrong day it is only when I direct her attention to the day clock that she seems to realise that it is there and has the basic information that she needs.

The clock also has an annoying quirk, despite having a battery backup which is supposed to power a 'memory'. Several times a week I notice that the time on the clock is wrong by several hours (always behind), as though it has stopped for a while then restarted without resetting the time correctly. I have even seen it go blank and come back on with the wrong time. I suspect that it may be sensitive to power spikes or other variations.

Switching off and back on at the socket always puts this right but I have started to think that an Alzheimer's clock that itself can't remember the time is maybe more trouble than it is worth.:rolleyes: