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Expert Review – Manual Long Ring Timers



Cook-Rite Quartz Long-Ring Timer


MANUFACTURER
Cook-Rite

COST
$10.00

VENDORS
Maxi Aids Inc.

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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 alarm sounds when the set cooking time has reached zero. The user only has to turn the dial to the desired cooking time for the timer to function. Most standard timers require a two-step process: 1. Turning the dial past the manufacturer's preset time (usually 15 or 45 minutes) and, 2. Setting the dial for the desired cooking time. Two-step processes are difficult for people with dementia.

PROS
One-step cooking timer. The person just sets the timer to the desired cooking time.

90-second alarm ring – lots of time for a person to hear the ring from another room.

Loud, varied (high and low) alarm tones – easier for older adults to hear.

Easy-to-see (1/4") bold letters

CONS
The alarm turns off when the dial is on the "OFF" setting, not on the "0" (zero) setting. This could be confusing to the person with dementia.

CAUTION
The person must still have cooking and good judgment skills or a fire could still occur.

As the disease progresses, he or she:
May not remember why the alarm is sounding
May set it for the wrong time
May forget to set the timer, even with reminder signs.

Regularly assess that it's still safe for the care receiver to cook independently. At some point, all people with dementia will need to be supervised in the kitchen.


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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