Light bulb which changes colour according to the time

My elderly mum can't tell the time and bright mornings cause her to get up hours before her carers arrive.
Are there any colour changing light bulbs which can be programmed (perhaps by a tablet) to change colour according to the time? Perhaps I could have one colour at night and then fade it to another colour when it's time to get up.
Theer are some smart bulbs which hint they could do this but don't quite say it. Anyone know any suitable products?
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On 28/04/2017 21:36, pamela wrote:

Not quite the same but you could put say a coloured bulb in to a tablelamp and use a timer to switch on/off at a pre determined time.
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On 22:13 28 Apr 2017, ss wrote:

That's a good idea but I would also like to provide my mum with a rough sense of how much longer it would be to getting up time.
A bulb that's half one colour and half another colour kind of gives that information.
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On 28/04/2017 22:29, pamela wrote:

I have a LED colour changing bulb with IR remote. You can buy learning universal remotes with timers in. It should be possible to set one to control the lamp at certain times.
Maybe you need blackout curtains so she doesn't see the light mornings.
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On 28/04/17 21:36, pamela wrote:

Neither analogue nor digital display clocks? What about a speaking clock? Or does she not understand the time at all? Or a radio which comes on with a recognisable program at a specific time? Would she understand enough to stay in bed until the radio comes on?

Wouldn't blackout blinds or curtains be a better solution? At least they would stop the room being flooded with light in the early hours.
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Not sure any of that works with dementia, etc.
Remember visiting my old mum, and she came into by bedroom in the middle of the night - pitch black - and asked if I was going to stay in bed all day. ;-)
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wrote:

Cages for the demented do.
So do nursing homes.
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On 10:25 29 Apr 2017, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

My mum goes to bed early. Around midnight, she might hear me going to bed but she starts to get up thinking I am making a noise because I am getting up!
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On 22:40 28 Apr 2017, Jeff Layman wrote:

Unfortunately my mum can't tell the time nor understand it.

We'll probably get blackout blinds. However she can still wake early, even if the sun isn't causing it, and I would like her to have an idea that the usual getting up time is either soon or a long way off.
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If she's not going to remember that dark = 'stay in bed', is she going to remember that a red light, as opposed to say a green light, is going to mean 'stay in bed'?
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On 13:49 29 Apr 2017, Chris Hogg wrote:

I was hoping it's possible to learn this by conditioning in the same sort of way young children respond to sleep training clocks like these Gro Clocks.
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Doesn’t work with those with dementia, they have lost the capability to learn.
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pamela used his keyboard to write :

What about a large DIY clock, with just an hour hand and a dial which is colour coded? Black section for stay in bed, yellow for time to be up. You can buy battery quartz clock mechanisms for pennies, maybe add a small light shining on it?
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Thing with dementia is the sufferer will clearly remember the colour of his or her first bike - but not what traffic light colours mean.
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wrote:

Yeah, good point, bet she never does manage to grasp what the colors mean now or even that the color means anything.
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IMO it makes a lot more sense to use a Hue color bulb so you can trivially reprogram it as much as you like and can use it as a decent programmable automatic light when it turns out that something as new as the color indicating anything means nothing to someone with that level of dementia where even the most basic concept of time is long gone now.
Forget the detail of what happened with the bathroom/wet room changes, whether that is off her bedroom now. It would be interesting to see if its feasible to have an electric strike on the bedroom door so she can't wander the house until the door is unlocked on time and with a light indicating when the door is unlocked so she doesn't have to keep trying it.
But even if the toilet an ensuite, maybe even that wont be viable as she gets even worse.
Apparently even in full nursing homes no one has worked out how to deal with the worst of them and they end up lying in their shit and piss in the bed for hours.
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Yeah, can be 'interesting' watching the deterioration in a morbid sort of way.
My dad, who lasted well into his 90s, picked his own retirement village, moved twice in there and when I showed up after he had had a fall and stormed out of the hospital and rang me to come and look after him on the other side of the country, had an immense pile of sheets of paper that were the result of him deciding what he wanted to eat from the specials menu from the on site fully licensed restaurant which he printed out on his Mac and then faxed to the restaurant and they delivered in golf buggys around the village.
But eventually he lost the concept of multitasking on the Mac and couldn’t grasp that there was other stuff not currently visible on the screen that could be switched to with a mouse click.
And when my sister and her husband tried to fax him the schedule of their visit when they were moving him to a nursing home and cleaning out the flat, had some crazy notion that the fridge door had to be open before the fax that shared the phone line would receive a fax successfully.
Eventually when in the nursing home proclaimed that 'the Callaghans' never came and visited him there, and then appeared to realise that he was actually saying that to the Callaghans and then said 'oh, not you'

I doubt it will work. I wake in the dark all the time now.
I used to think that 9:30am meetings at work were an absolute atrocity at one time.

Yeah, that’s very common as they get older.

Going to be interesting to see if she can actually grasp the concept of something new, the lamp color signifying the time of day even tho its trivial to try.
The Philips Hue system is easy to try and you may well find it useful yourself if she doesn’t.
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On 29/04/2017 12:19, pamela wrote:

Then I doubt she'll remember what the different light colours mean.
My sympathies.
Andy
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Not quite answering the question, but my mum had the same problem which we solved with a speaking clock. One tap and it spoke the time, another tap the day and date, I think. Mum loved it, and eventually had one beside her bed, and another in her living room.
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On Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:01:30 UTC+1, Graeme wrote:

There are also 'dementia clocks' which just say Morning, Afternoon, Night etc https://www.alzproducts.co.uk/dementia-day-clock.html
I think I've seen hacks for digital photo frames to achieve the same result cheaper.
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