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    Easy push bell/buzzer?

    Good evening, everyone. Douglas lost his ability to speak in the early stages of this horrible illness. During the day he communicates using his iPad or an alphabet sheet. When he has needed me at night he has basically kicked up enough of a racket to attract my attention, 😊

    Rather alarmingly, over the last couple of weeks he is finding it impossible to produce any sound at all😢so we have tried to find a bell or buzzer that is not only loud enough to wake me but that he is able to press to produce the sound in the first place - nothing we have tried so far has been totally effective and a Google search produced nothing.

    Sorry this is so long winded but does anyone have any suggestions?



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    Forum Member Terry's Avatar
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    Hi Chrissie;

    I have a remote door bell hanging above my bed so it never gets lost. The sounder part of it is in my wife's bedroom and is quite loud.

    You could buy two and have a extra remote some where else on his bed.

    Love Terry
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    Forum Member Gillette's Avatar
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    Hi Chrissie,

    Sorry to hear that Douglas is no longer able to make a racket.

    Has Douglas had any contact with Assistive Technology, based at Aintree University Hospital? They cover the whole of the northwest. They provided me with a buzzer and remote button. The button is about 4 or 5 cm diameter and is domed. I think it may well be suitable for Douglas to bash.

    Iím not sure if he would need a referral from his OT but their telephone number is 0151 529 2022.

    Trying to keep positive, but not always managing.

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    Thank you, Terry and Dina😃

    I had considered a door bell (we use one in work to summon people from the far end of the library and it works very well) but I don't know if Douglas would be able to apply enough pressure to activate it.

    We had a visit from Assistive technology some time ago, Dina, and they are coming to do the installation on 14 November. Perhaps I should ring them tomorrow and see if they can suggest anything


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    Forum Member Ellie's Avatar
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    Chrissie, I use a wireless doorbell - it isn't a 'push button' type, but has a sensitive surface area of about 5cm x 3cm, which needs only light pressure to activate the bell.

    Have a look on Amazon to see how many types there are.

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.
    Eye gaze user - No working limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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    Thank you, Ellie, that is the sort of thing I was hoping to find.

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    Forum Member Barry52's Avatar
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    Hi Chrisse,

    You could use a motion sensor as long as Douglas can activate it and you would have the receiver with you. I attach a link below.

    Best wishes,
    Iím going to do this even if it kills me!

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    Thank you, Barry

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    Forum Member Kayleigh's Avatar
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    Hi Chrissie,

    The NRS website has an 'MPPL Pager' webpage that includes details of an easy press 'soft pillow switch':-


    It is also on the Medpage website:-

    Love and best wishes to you and Douglas,

    Kayleigh x
    Last edited by Kayleigh; 4th November 2019 at 14:24.

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    Forum Member Ellie's Avatar
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    Honestly, that just show how products for 'disabled people' are such a RIP-OFF

    Yet another outrageosly overpriced piece of equipment for people with mobility issues. £164 for that jelly button and its call system - do they think we’re mugs??

    Kayleigh, don't worry, I’m not scolding you I am just gobsmacked by what I saw…

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.
    Eye gaze user - No working limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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