Telephones for Elderly Conditions
If there are particular health conditions in your situation, and you are purchasing a phone for someone suffering from something like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, think about every possible scenario they might encounter. Ask yourself if they will accidentally call emergency numbers if the phone is programmed to dial 911.
If an illness as such is new to your family, you can look into the stages of things such as Alzheimer’s and decide along with their physician how quickly symptoms are progressing. If your loved one is in an early stage, they might be quite capable of handling a more typical home phone.
Ringer Volumes for the Hard-Of-Hearing
If your loved one lives in housing where neighbors can potentially hear through the walls, but your friend or family member is severely hearing impaired or deaf, you will need to make the decision about ringer volume. Will the ringer volume need to be loud? Can it be turned off entirely and give clear instructions for your loved one to check regularly for a voicemail-waiting or incoming call light?
Take a Look at Compatibility and Battery Requirements
With some devices such as the VTech model, there are occasionally special requirements. For example, if you have DSL, you may need a DSL filter. Most of these phones also have batteries that either need charging before use or require batteries that are not included. Don’t forget to check the set-up requirements when you glance over the features.
Telephone Location for the Elderly
It’s also important to think about where the phone will be located. If it will be near a bedside, will a bright backlit display be a benefit for dialing in the dark, or will it be a detriment to sleep? Ask yourself these questions and consider you or your loved one’s specific situation. Then you will be much more informed about finding the right home phone for you or an elderly member of the family who needs a phone for emergencies.
Still Unsure About Which Landline to Buy?
If you’ve covered these questions are just want a general telephone for essential use, the ability to dial, and also the benefits of programmable buttons, amplified sound, and an incoming call light we love the Clarity telephone.
It has dialable buttons so you can call numbers other than the programmed people. So, it can be used as a regular phone. Yet it also has the perks of large buttons, a ringer light, amplified sound, and auto-call programming for a handful of people of your choosing.