Big Button Phones
Big-button phones are ideal for elderly people. Not only do they have easy-to-see and press giant buttons they also tend to have a louder ringtone. They also offer a hands-free speaker facility. They are ideal for anyone with any degree of sight loss or those struggling with fiddly tasks. This might be due to a loss of manual dexterity caused by arthritis but can also be a result of an injury or stroke.
The big button phone shown is one such example available from Amazon. It is the Amplicoms Bigtel 40 Plus. Most of the elderly people I have supported, including my late Mother in Law used this phone. She had very limited sight and this was a great help to her. Consequently, this phone is also ideal for people with dementia as they are usually able to recognise photos even if they can’t remember names or numbers.
The Amplicoms Bigtel 40 Plus.
- MEMORY BUTTONS – The BigTel 40 PLUS home telephone includes 6 easy-to-program photo memory buttons. This allows elderly relatives or friends to simply call their nearest and dearest at the click of a button simply by recognising a friendly face. There is no need to remember or search through phone books to allow them to get hold of their closest ones.
- BIG BUTTONS – The memory buttons and dialling keys are all extra large, displaying photos and numbers. Ideal for the visually impaired or unsteady hands of any older relatives or friends in need of a bit of extra help.
- EXTRA LOUD RINGER – This home telephone has an adjustable ringer volume that can be increased up to 90 decibels. To put that into context it is the equivalent of a motorbike 25 meters away or a power lawn mower. If you don’t need the phone that loud (and it is loud enough to wake the dead) the volume can be easily adjusted from high to low or even off.
- HEARING AID COMPATIBLE – The BigTel 40 Plus is compatible with a large range of hearing aids. This makes the phone audible anywhere in the home.
- NUMBER DIRECTORY – Need more than the 6 photo memory buttons? The BigTel 40 comes with the facility to programme in an additional 10 numbers. This means for most people, they’re able to store pretty much all the numbers they need.
You might be interested to read this post. The RNIB also offer a talking book service for people with poor sight. This is an excellent free service available by post and provides hours of entertainment.