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Product Listing – Remote Temperature Monitor



Intermediate Freeze Alarm


MANUFACTURER
Protected Home (Division of Control Products Inc.)

Other Manufacturers: Most temperature monitors are made for industrial use, but this was the most reasonably priced unit we could find.

COST
$249-$299

VENDORS
Protected Home (Division of Control Products Inc.)

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
Individuals with dementia are at risk living alone when they can no longer operate their home or apartment temperature controls. For example, they may have accidentally turned off the heat or air conditioning and not remember how to turn it back on. Due to changes in judgment and/or reduced ability to feel extreme heat or cold, they may not even know there is a problem and may not call for help. A remote temperate alert can detect extreme changes in room temperature and send you an alert if the home is too hot or too cold.

This device will call up to three phone numbers with a voice message alert if
  1. The home temperature goes outside the range you have set

  2. The power fails, or

  3. The back-up battery requires replacing.
The device can be programmed to the temperature range you desire, has an automatic reset, and a quick setup. You can even change the temperature range from a remote phone. The Freeze Alarm indefinitely retains all the phone numbers, temperature alarm setpoints, and security code information even when the power is out or the back-up battery is either dead or removed. Note that though it is called a "Freeze" alarm, it also sends alerts if the temperature is too high.

WHAT WE LIKE
Alert phone calls are made if the temperature is either too low or too high

You set the temperature range (for example, some other units only send alerts when the temperate is in the low 50ís, too cold for people to live in safely)

Alert phone calls are made even in the event of a power failure (using the backup battery)

POTENTIAL CONCERNS
Technical support is only available during standard business hours

Cost (though there are no monthly fees)

CAUTION
Keep in mind that if the phone service fails, alert calls cannot be made

The person could unplug the unit if agitated by its presence.

This product has not been tested by Thiscaringhome.org.

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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