Bath designed dementia sufferers' clock wins award
A clock designed by a Bath charity to ensure people with dementia know what time of the day it is has won an award.
The Day Clock, designed by the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering, based at the Royal United Hospital, helps people with dementia to distinguish between day and night.
Now the clock, which is already popular with families, has won the South West Innovation Award for the product that has made the most impact on the market.
BIME commercial manager Tony Husband said: "There are getting on for a million people in the UK suffering from dementia, and many experience confusion about the time of day, which often results in repeated phone calls in the middle of the night to friends and relatives.
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"We have designed a revolutionary new type of clock which solves this problem.
"Confusion about the time of day causes people to mix up the middle of the afternoon with the middle of the night, and the new clock constantly reminds people whether it is morning, afternoon, evening, or night."
More than 600 Day Clocks have been sold since it was launched a year ago.
They are available from www.day-clock.com or by calling 01173 302277.
BIME works to make life easier for disabled people, employing engineers, designers, technicians and occupational therapists, and has a track record of more than 40 years.
Its best known product is the Wizzybug, a motorised wheelchair for small children.
To find out more visit www. bath.ac.uk/bime or call 01225 824103.