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Expert Review – Memory Photo Phone Dialer


IntelliSolve, a Division of the Vision Group, Inc.

$49.00 to $79.00

IntelliSolve, a Division of the Vision Group, Inc.

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.

This device easily attaches to most phones (even office phones!) and enables the person to dial multiple phone numbers by 1) picking up the phone and 2) pressing the black button next to the associated picture. FotoDialer has the capacity to memorize up to 24 phone numbers (four pictures on each of six pages); the pages must be kept in correct order. Two AA batteries required (not included).

Setup is easy.

Large plastic pockets allow for easy-to-see large photographs. TIP It may take some time getting family and friends to give you photographs. At the next family holiday, bring your digital camera and take photographs!

The supplied 911 card is a nice feature.

You can still manually dial any number and use the phone as you normally would.

The person may find it difficult to learn a new way of using the phone (lifting the handset and then using the FotoDialer), so it's important to train the person and leave instructions. We recommend that you replace the set up instructions on the inside cover of the dialer with simpler instructions on how to use it.

The person may push the photograph rather than the button next to it when they go to dial a number. You may want to put a label next to the button as we did on our test phone. "Press button to call Dan"

The person may not remember they need to lift up each page in order to "dial" the number for an individual, or even that there are pages underneath! If so, consider using only four photographs on the top page with labels on the side.

As this dialer works differently than a standard phone, the person may not be able to use it. Be sure to train the person to push the button next to the photograph instead of pushing the buttons on the telephone (or the photograph).

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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