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Product Listing – Memory Photo Phone



Ameriphone P300 Amplified Photo Phone


MANUFACTURERS
Clarity (9 photos)

Clear Sounds (3 and 8 photo models)

Doro (4 photos with button cover)

COST
$40 - $100 depending on features

VENDORS
Clarity

Clear Sounds

Doro

Alzheimer’s Store

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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
These memory picture phones have slots for inserting family and other photos into the keypad. When the photo buttons are pushed, the phone automatically dials the person's pre-programmed number. Doctor and emergency numbers can be included.

ADVANTAGES
Setup and memory programming are simple.

One step process to use. To dial a number, the person presses the photo of the person they want to speak with; they can also dial the number using the number keypad. Some other picture phones require you to press a separate button to switch from the numbers to the picture mode, a two-step process not recommended for people with dementia.

Large dial pad; some have a bright visual ring indicator

Adjustable incoming volume control and extra loud ringer, depending on model, and hearing aid compatible

LIMITATIONS
Some plastic frames for photographs are very small (7/8" x 1") and may be hard to see, especially if the person has low vision. Consider a model with larger photos.

And you need headshots for this small size photograph for the best viewing. As it may take some time getting family and friends to give you photographs, bring your digital camera to the next family holiday.

The amplification feature resets to regular volume when you hang up and must be turned on each time to use it. This prevents users with normal hearing from the shock of amplification, but requires the person with dementia who needs amplification to turn it on every time they use the phone, which is not likely.

Person may be confused by both the photographs and the numbers. One model come with an optional cover that fits over the number buttons leaving only the picture buttons visible.

CAUTION
As this phone is different from a standard phone, the person may not be able to use it. Be sure to:
Train the person to push the photograph instead of the buttons (though the number keypad still works)
To reduce confusion on how to dial a number, you may need to add a large label: "Push the person's photo to call the person."



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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