Telephones, Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

Telephones, Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and Pagers
Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Telephones
Many adaptive telephones are available for clients who may not be able to use a standard landline,
cordless phone or cell phone. These include many large button phones and phones developed for
persons who have hearing or visual impairments. The phones in this handout are adapted for physical
limitations. Many states have funding available for adaptive phones.
The following information is not exhaustive and can always change. Check out the manufacturer websites
for the very latest information.
Infrared Controlled Telephones
An infrared controlled telephone can be used by virtually any Electronic Daily Living Aid (EADL, formally
Environmental Controls), Speech Generating Device or Power Wheelchair that can send an infrared
signal.
GewaTel 200
ZYGO Industries, Inc., 800-234-6006, www.zygo-usa.com
Pros: full telephone control using IR signals, headset, display
Cons: expensive.
This is a Konftel 200 phone with remote that can be purchased
from other internet sources for a lesser cost.
Infrared Home or Office Accessible Landline Telephone
Broadened Horizons, 612-851-1040,
www.broadenedhorizons.com
Pros: full telephone control using IR signals, headset, display,
voice control when used with voice dialer. Switch adapted
version, as well.
Cons: expensive.
This is a Konftel 200 phone with remote that can be purchased
from other internet sources for a lesser cost.
Sero! Telephone
AbleNet, Inc., 800-322-0956, www.ablenetinc.com
Pros: full telephone control, can be operated by Jive! and Primo!
EADLs, 50 user-recordable phrases to convey messages over
the phone, answering machine, Emergency Dial number, help
call function dials up to 8 contacts until a response is registered,
more.
Cons: expensive.
Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS, www.atilange.com, MichelleLange@msn.com, 3.2013.
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Switch Controlled Telephones
Switch controlled telephones typically offer less features than infrared or voice controlled phone, but cost
much less. These are controlled by pressing a button on a pendant or using any mechanical switch
placed in any location that plugs into the pendant. The switch adapted pendant can be interfaced through
power wheelchair electronics.
Able-Phone Model 1900
Able-Phone, 530-846-7466, www.ablephone.com
Pros: puff to answer, hang up and sip to dial operator.
Cons: operator required to dial number, only accepts pneumatic
switch input.
Click To Phone
Broadened Horizons, 612-851-1040,
www.broadenedhorizons.com
Pros: works with Android OS cell phone, switch controlled, full
control, text messages
Cons: expensive
Fortissimo
Clarity, www.clarityproducts.com
Pros: switch access to start or end call, retrieve messages or
dial from phone book, wireless headset option, updated version
of the Dialogue 200.
Cons: pendant required for switch access and remote use,
includes microphone and jacks for a headset or switch.
Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS, www.atilange.com, MichelleLange@msn.com, 3.2013.
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Voice Controlled Telephones – Switch Required
Many cell phones provide voice control, but a button must be pressed first. Here are some options to
provide complete voice control.
Able-Phone Model AP 1000
Able-Phone, 530-846-7466, www.ablephone.com
Able-Phone carries several voice controlled telephones that
either require a switch or a whistle to “wake up” system.
Pros: voice dialing up to 60 numbers, speak name to dial
Cons: must use switch to “wake up” system, no headset for
portable use
Able-Phone Model AP 100
Able-Phone, 530-846-7466, www.ablephone.com
Pros: voice dialing up to 60 numbers, speak name to dial,
portable.
Cons: must use whistle to “wake up” system.
Communicator
SAJE Technology, 847-756-7603, www.saje-tech.com
Pros: Full phone function control, speak person’s name or
individual digits to place call, headset, connects to computer,
500 foot range.
Cons: must use switch to “wake up” system.
VoiceBT Switch Adapted Bluetooth Cell Phone Voice
Dialer
Broadened Horizons, 612-851-1040,
www.broadenedhorizons.com
Pros: any switch can be used to access voice control on any
cell phone. Inexpensive compared to other options. Optional
headset.
Cons: requires switch.
NoButtonsHeadset
www.nobuttonsheadsetcom
Pros: uses Bluetooth cell phone headset, user turns head so
that headset passes within 1” of supplied magnet to initiate or
end call. The rest of control is by phone. Works with any
phone.
Cons: Client may accidentally initiate or end call if they get
close to magnet.
Based on BlueAnt Q1 and Q2 which is less costly from other
sources, but does not include magnet on gooseneck.
Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS, www.atilange.com, MichelleLange@msn.com, 3.2013.
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Voice Controlled Telephones – No Switch Required
Here are some options to provide complete voice control without a switch.
Able-Phone Model AP-7000VC
Able-Phone, 530-846-7466, www.ablephone.com
Pros: voice dialing up to 60 numbers, speak name to dial,
only voice required, no switch or whistle.
Cons: not portable.
Vocalize!
Broadened Horizons, 612-851-1040,
www.broadenedhorizons.com
Pros: for cell phones, voice only, switch option if desired (but not
required), charger, privacy earphone, includes mount for cell
phone
Cons: expensive
Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS, www.atilange.com, MichelleLange@msn.com, 3.2013.
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Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)
Some clients do not have an accessible phone, but may need to place a call or alert others in an
emergency. The caregiver may not be in the home or may be incapacitated.
Respondable
AbleNet, Inc., 800-322-0956, www.ablenetinc.com
Pros: pendant button push calls up to 4 pre-programmed
numbers (911 can be one option), Pendant also 2 way
speakerphone, pendant activation answers phone, switch
adaptation option, no monthly fee, inexpensive.
Cons: would be great to have a prerecorded message option for
non-verbal clients.
TalkSafe
Broadened Horizons, 612-851-1040,
www.broadenedhorizons.com
Pros: button press or switch activation to automatically call 1-9
contacts and play pre-recorded message in emergency.
Speakerphone allows recipient to talk to caller. Optional
headset. 2 versions.
Cons:
Lifeline and similar programs
Lifeline, www.lifelinesys.com
Pros: allows the client to alert others to an emergency.
Cons: monthly fee, call often goes to a call center first, client
must be able to press a button on a pendant.
Pagers/Call Systems
Pagers can alert caregivers that a client needs help when the caregiver is in the immediate area, but may
not be able to hear the client. This could be used at night when the caregiver is sleeping in another room,
if the caregiver is out of hearing range or in vibrate mode if the caregiver would not hear the pager (i.e.
vacuuming).
Attendant Call Chime
Enabling Devices, www.enablingdevices.com
Pros: press a button or use any switch to activate, receiver
chimes up to 40 feet away.
Cons: would be nice to have vibrate and lights, as well.
Personal Pager
Adaptivation, www.adaptivation.com
Pros: worn by caregiver, chime or vibrate mode, activated when
client presses button or switch, 75 foot range.
Cons: small range, would be nice to have lights, as well.
Also available from Enabling Devices.
Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS, www.atilange.com, MichelleLange@msn.com, 3.2013.
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