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Prompts and reminders
These are devices that can act as memory prompts and reminders by providing visual, verbal or audible cues. Clocks and calendar clocks provide information about the day, date and time. Memo minders play a pre-recorded message when a person walks past to remind them to do something or not to go out during the night. Medication reminders and dispensers can help a person to remember when to take their tablets. Signs and notice boards can be used as reminders and to post messages.
Date and time
These devices can help support people who have difficulties keeping track of the day or time. They range from large wall mounted clock calendars which show the day, date and time, to electronic calendars which digitally display the day, date and time of day e.g. ‘morning’, afternoon’, ‘evening’, or ‘night’.
Item locator devices
These are devices that can help locate commonly mislaid items in the home such as keys, wallets, glasses case etc.
Medication reminders and dispensers
These devices can help support people who have difficulties remembering to take their tablets. They range from simple flip lid pill boxes labelled with the day of the week and time of day, to automatic pill reminders and dispensers which give an audible and visual alert when it is time to take a tablet (the alert stops as soon as the tablet is tipped out). Telecare medication dispensers will also alert the carer or monitoring centre if the tablets are not taken out of the dispenser so that an appropriate response can be made.
Voice recorders and memo minders
These devices can help support people who have difficulties remembering to carry out tasks. Memo minders can record a short verbal message (usually up to 20 seconds) and be placed near a doorway or other suitable location. A passive infra-red motion detector will sense when the person walks past the device and the message will be played. Some also have a timer device that can be set e.g. to remind someone not to leave the house during the night. These devices may not be suitable for people who are hard of hearing.
Signs, notices and other environmental aids
These are simple visual devices that can act as memory prompts and range form signs or labels that can be placed on doors to notice boards and wipe boards for pinning or writing reminders and messages. In this category we also include other items that may be used in a setting to make it more "enabling" for people with dementia.
Activity Assessment and Planning Guides
These devices support people who have difficulties in organising their thinking processes in order to do every day personal care and leisure activities. They include an online tool for assessing the level of cognitive ability which automatically produces guidance for family and other carers to know how to present the activity to the individual.