Handicap Phones can help seniors with disabilities reach out for help when needed, keep up with social contacts or just to get information. If you're one of the millions of elderly persons with disabilities that restrict your social activities you know firsthand the importance of having access to a reliable telephone.
Conditions such as hearing loss, low vision and other debilitating conditions resulting from a heart attack or other event can cause older adults to withdraw from social activities and from other people.
Withdrawal can lead to depression and depression makes the condition worse and can lead to health issues. The key is to manage the condition by maintaining your health and quality of life while getting the appropriate care.
Phones for handicapped people simplify telecommunication for those who cannot use conventional models and make it convenient to stay connected with others.
Disabilities such as deafness, vision loss, hearing impairment, arthritis and others can be addressed effectively with the appropriate phone for disabled individuals.
Below are some of the models.
This condition does not mean you have to be cut off from the world. There are phones for the deaf with VCO (voice carry over) that allow those who want to use their voice to talk.
The device automatically switches between voice and text messages so the user can just read the responses and talk. This can also be used by people who are hard of hearing.
This can be effectively addressed with the use of communication devices designed with amplification technology that make incoming sound louder so you can hear the person on the other end. Some models also amplify outgoing sound for people who speak softly.
Total blindness is typically addressed by using Braille phones, meaning the keypad has Braille characters for the numbers so a blind person can dial the numbers by feeling the characters on the keypad buttons. The models range from very basic to those that offer advanced features.
Poor vision can make telecommunication difficult. Devices with large buttons make dialing simple because the numbers are easy to see. Some of them have keypads that talk back to you, meaning the numbers you dial are called out so you can hear what buttons you dialed.
If you don’t want to dial number at all consider a model that allows you to place a photo on the buttons so all you need to do is press the photo button that represents the number you want to dial. You will have to pre-program the numbers you want to match the photos.
Level of mobility can vary; depending on the limitations a device that can be operated by remote control or that is voice activated is often useful.
Stiffness in the joints can make calling or holding the device difficult. A model with a speaker feature and photo buttons as described in the paragraph above can help reduce pressure on the joints. Just press one picture button to dial and the speaker button to talk, no need to hold the device. Press one button to hang up.
If you are elderly and have a disability consider handicap phones. Take a look around our website to see which model best suits your situation.
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