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Need a call button that will call my cell phone

My father has macular degeneration so he can't dial a phone. We're trying to find a call button type of device that will call my cell phone in the case of emergency while my mother isn't at the house.

His idea was one of those wifi doorbells they've been advertising recently. I figure that would probably work, but I imagine that something like this already exists. My googling hasn't found anything though.

Do you folks have any ideas or experiences I could use?

Status: Open    Nov 05, 2016 - 12:57 PM


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Nov 10, 2016 - 12:19 PM

First, while it's possible that you can kluge something into doing what you want, would you be comfortable depending on it for something that could be life critical? Most emergency/medical alert providers offer the service you are seeking. Check with the major suppliers, and simply ask if you can list your cell phone as an intial contact before they dispatch an emergency service call. If they offer that option and an emergency arises, the call center will first call you. If you do not respond, then a 911 call would be placed if that's what you want. The better suppliers are flexible in this regard and can come up with a solution that will fit your needs. And, this gives you some peace of mind to know that if you miss a call, there is an alternate solution that will happen. Good luck.
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By jmsrbrt on Nov 12, 2016 - 05:14 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

I bought a machine (Internet search) that has the ability to dial three numbers. Number 1 is my cell number, #2 is the house phone, #3 is 911. If #1 isn't answered, it dials #2 and so forth. The machine is activated by a pendant that my mother wears, either around her neck, or safety-pinned to her clothing. I don't rely on her having a cell phone close.

By ninearrows on Nov 13, 2016 - 10:25 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

The Doro flip phone from Consumer Cellular has an emergency button on the back. You program it to dial whatever number you want. Then the person only has to press the button three times to get the phone to dial their emergency contact. The phone is available at Sears and Target for $50. And the cell phone bill from Consumer Cellular is around $20 a month.

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