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  • Bristles
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Landline phones
« on: October 17, 2020, 02:43:16 PM »
I am looking for a big, easy, large-print, no-batteries-needed, corded land-line phone for my elderly parents, who likely will not be living on their own too much longer. They sometimes forget to charge their cellphone, or lose the charger, or forget where the phone is. Also, they cannot seem to figure out voicemail--just talk and text (In their defense, I detest voice mail, right up there with fax!)

They have had a landline for years, but a very crappy old phone that barely works--tried to talk them into canceling, but what the hell, it's only money!!

I am going to get them a landline phone in case of emergency--no cordless handset to lose! nothing complicated! Just a large, easy phone with big push buttons and maybe a few pre-sets. Any suggestions? Where should I buy such an item (online)?

(Maybe the Smithsonian has a few examples hanging round!)


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Re: Landline phones
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2020, 02:59:55 PM »
I would probably just get something like this - 13 bucks in black, 15 in white:


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Re: Landline phones
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2020, 05:56:03 PM »
This one is a bit more expensive, but it has really big buttons.


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Re: Landline phones
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2020, 06:43:20 PM »
My grandmother who had macular degeneration used a landline that looked like this:

There is a similar one that allows you to use photos for contacts.

It depends on what their medical issues are, but either one seems like they will be more reliable than a cell. 


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Re: Landline phones
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2020, 10:29:16 AM »
JUST going through this with my mom.   She has a bit of dementia and is forgetting to charge her cell phone.  She cannot figure out zoom.  We usually just look at her ear when we FaceTime. 

Just bought a Viewclix video phone for her (for us).  It works on wifi.  Just put it in her home yesterday.  It's literally made for seniors.  even the instructions and setup are made for someone else (you) to be the administrator and to set it up FOR THEM. 

The nice thing is that you can set it up so that it only takes one button (any button) to answer a video call and in a few years if needed, you can change that setting so that it answers automatically.  We had to jump straight to the answer automatically.  I think it's gonna be a winner for us.  We already had a nest installed so that we can yell thru the camera to try to remind her to charge the phone, but without the visual feedback, she just was getting more confused by it.  Anyway, put it at the table, have dinner together, when there's no call, it shows pictures. 

More expensive than a vintage phone, but there is no monthly charge (other than wifi)