Did you know technology can be used in creative ways throughout the winter months? Here are our top tech tips for winter showcasing some of the devices tried and tested by people living with dementia and their carers.  

Motion Activated Light

Motion Activated Light

Adding a motion activated light, such as the “Get up in the Night Light”, at the front door or in a dark corner can really help in low winter light. Get Up In The Night LED Sensor Light.

If you're prone to getting up in the middle of the night then you can avoid injury from trips and falls at night by positioning the light by your bed, wardrobe, hallway, stairs and much more. The bright will light up when they sense the movement of someone getting up and stay on for 30 seconds after the motion has stopped.

Sensor light to help people living with dementia

Duo Nightsafe Light

The “Duo Nitesafe light” is a motion activated light and can also be used as an emergency torch which is really useful in a power cut.  

The dual purpose night light is an excellent choice. Packed with motion sensor detection and dusk till dawn night illumination that can be set by simply sliding the switch to the required mode. Dusk to Dawn _ Choose this setting and the nightlight will automatically turn on when it gets dark and turn off again when it gets light. The 4 LED torch sits in its charging cradle and is kept permanently charged. If the power fails, or you take the torch from its charging cradle it switches on automatically. A versatile nightlight that is perfect for any situation.

A nightlight that is handy for people living with dementia especially during power cuts


Smart Assistant Device

A virtual assistant, also called an AI assistant or digital assistant, is an application program that understands natural language voice commands and completes tasks for the user.If you own a smart assistant device (such as the Alexa, Google or Siri) ask them what the weather is going to be, so you can avoid Winter storms or be alerted for when it is icy outside.  Try, “Alexa, what is the weather today?” or “Hey Google, What’s the weather today?”


, is an application program that understands natural language voice commands and completes tasks

Doroa 780x

Doroa 780x

Doro 780X is for those who need the simplest possible mobile phone with a focus on safety. You can only call 3 people you rely on most, using the three large keys with name labels.Staying connected is especially important during the winter months.  The “Doro 780x” and the “Ownfone” are two simplified mobile phones that prioritise phone calls giving you a quick and easy way to call your friends and family. 


Symplified phone for people with dementia

screen-based voice assistant

If you have a screen-based voice assistant such as the Echo Show or the Google Nest Hub Max, you can video call your friends and family using your voice. The Alexa Echo Show device also allows you to “Drop-In” on your loved one without them having tointeract with the device giving you a way to video call and check in when needed.

screen-based voice assistant for people living with dementia



For more technology gadgets and devices that have been tested by families living with dementia, check out our free online ADAM (About Digital and Me) platform.  ADAM supports people living with dementia and their carers to navigate through the world of technology to help them find the best device for them and to showcase what other families are using.