There are a few simple steps which can be taken to help the elderly with their day-to-day lives, like simplifying the operation of devices, presenting things in a familiar manner and accommodating potential special needs like reduced eyesight or dexterity which might accompany old age. Below, we've compiled a list of five great home phone selections for the over 65 crowd, which have some helpful design features to make life a little easier.
1. Doro Comfort 4005
The Doro company has been known for producing some neat elderly-friendly products for our fellow over-65, like their forays into making a highly accessible smart phone. With the Doro Comfort 4005, we find a highly versatile device perfect for use as an all-around home phone and highly accessible. The Comfort 4005 is both a corded and a cordless phone, with the cordless device operating on its own dock but integrating seamlessly with the corded phone system. It includes an answering machine, making it perfect for an all-in-one solution.
To help those hard of hearing or of sight, the Comfort 4005 features a volume boost to get a bit of additional amplification for both the speaker and the ringer. It also features oversized text on its buttons and its high contrast display, making it easy to read.
2. Siemens Gigaset E310A
This offering from Gigaset packs the extreme durability and feature-rich yet functionality-committed nature of Gigaset devices combined with a simple and straightforward design. Featuring large, oversized keys with back lit illumination for easy readability, this cordless phone looks at a glance like an easy to use device, and indeed it is. The bright high-contrast display is easy to read and allows you to increase the font size. The volume of the ringer or speaker can be boosted to make listening easier for the hearing impaired, and this ability combined with the crystal-clear audio quality of the Siemens Gigaset E310A make it a winning solution for the hearing impaired.
3. BT 4500
The BT 4500 cordless phone is a simple phone, with oversized buttons on both its handset and answering machine, making it easy for the visually impaired or those with reduced dexterity to operate. It includes loud volumes and hearing aid compatibility, and even some nuisance call blocking features.
4. BT Big Button 200
At a glance, the main feature of the BT Big Button 200 corded phone is, as one might expect, its big buttons. These exaggeratedly large buttons make this land line phone exceptionally easy to operate for the visually impaired. It features amplifiers for both incoming and outgoing calls, making it easy to hear and talk. It also has a hands free mode.
5. Panasonic KX-TG 6721
With exceptional call quality and simple operation, the Panasonic KX-TG 6721 cordless phone is a bit more feature rich than some of the other offerings on this list but still easy to operate and accessible to the elderly. It includes a 30 minute digital answering machine, 100 entry phone book, and Panasonics exceptional audio quality which makes for crystal clear communications on both ends of the line.
Hopefully this guide has given you a picture of some of whats available to help make days of the elderly a little easier by making some simple changes to every-day devices. Take a look at the above items and much more in our catalogue to find something to suit your unique needs.