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?
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
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.
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.
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
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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
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?
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.
Yeah, can be 'interesting' watching the deterioration in a morbid sort of
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.
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.
On Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:01:30 UTC+1, Graeme wrote:
There are also 'dementia clocks' which just say Morning, Afternoon, Night etc
I think I've seen hacks for digital photo frames to achieve the same result cheaper.
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