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Expert Review – Anti-Scald Device
(DIY Screw-On Type)



Anti-Scald Sink Faucet Valve


MANUFACTURER
Memry Corp.

COST
$37.00 - 39.00

Tools needed: Pliers

VENDORS
http://antiscald.com

Alzstore.com

DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
This screw-on valve attaches directly to the faucet to control hot water temperature. An internal metal alloy expands when water exceeds 117º F, reducing the water flow to a trickle.

PROS
Allows storage of hot water in the hot water tank at temperature (140º F) necessary to reduce risk of bacterial growth

Especially helpful for apartment dwellers who do not have access to the hot water heater

Easy-to-Install

CONS
Maximum hot water temperature is pre-set by manufacturer.

Device may turn water off while washing dishes at temperatures user finds acceptable.

When the device reduces water to a trickle, the hot and cold water have to be manually remixed or the water will not flow. This may be confusing to the care recipient.

If you have hard water, the device could get plugged up with mineral deposits, as our bathroom sink valve did, rendering it ineffective. We were able to take the device apart and take out the hardened calcium deposits, but it took just a few weeks before we had to take it apart again. (So we installed an under-the-sink valve on that bathroom sink). We’ve been using the same valve for over a year on our kitchen sink faucet with no problem.

CAUTION
Because persons with dementia may be unable to operate the faucet with the device installed, it may be best used with a live-in caregiver, given that the hot and cold water must be properly mixed if the water flow is reduced or the water will not come back on.

You need to check often to make sure the valve is still working.


Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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