We never want to accept that our parents are getting old but we need to, after all it is us that will be taking care of them, combine that with looking after our children and our lives are down right busy. Choosing a dementia clock will be a difficult process, especially if you do not know what you should be looking for in a dementia clock! Clocks for dementia can have many different features, but some are unnecessary. However this checklist will help you identify the key features of dementia clocks, in order to find the perfect one for your elderly parent.
The most basic feature of any clock is a time indicator. For dementia patients, time will be much better if displayed digitally as opposed to in analogue form, as they will find it easier to read digital. You should ensure that the numbers are large and bold, and that your parent will be able to read the time form across the room.
Day and Night Indicator
Basic clocks display whether it is morning or afternoon with a simple ‘AM’ or ‘PM’ feature. However, your parent may not understand this. Therefore, it will be very useful to them if you find a clock with a visual representation of day and night, such as a sun and a moon image. Therefore, your parent will be able to tell easily if it is daytime or night, and time for sleep.
Day of the Week
The clock should display the day of the week clearly to your parent, so that they can keep on top of any appointments or previous arrangements. By telling your parent what day it is, they know what to expect from the day, for example if they are expecting a guest on Wednesday, they will not have to worry all day about if they have the correct day.
Your parent’s dementia clock should also portray the date, which is also important to help your elderly parent to behave accordingly and appropriately. By displaying the date, your parent will be able to identify if today is a special day, such as Christmas, and will understand what to expect from the day.
The clock may need to be moved around according to where your parent is situated. Therefore, you will want a portable and lightweight clock which can be placed anywhere in the house when needed.
Your parent’s native language may not be English, therefore it is vital to purchase a clock which communicates to them in their native language, to ensure their full understanding.