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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?

    TIA

    Chrissie

    #2
    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
    TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

    It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

    Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.

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      #3
      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.

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

      Trying to keep positive, but not always managing.

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        #4
        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

        xx

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          #5
          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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            #6
            Thank you, Ellie, that is the sort of thing I was hoping to find.

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              #7
              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.

              https://www.alzproducts.co.uk/wirele...-motion-sensor

              Best wishes,
              Barry
              I’m going to do this even if it kills me!

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                #8
                Thank you, Barry

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                  #9
                  Hi Chrissie,

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

                  http://https://www.nrshealthcare.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=Mppl+pager

                  It is also on the Medpage website:-
                  http://https://medpage-ltd.com/SOFT-TOUCH-LOW-TACTILE-PILLOW-SWITCH-WITH-PAGER-MPPL-PSKIT

                  Love and best wishes to you and Douglas,

                  Kayleigh x
                  Last edited by Kayleigh; 4 November 2019, 15:24.

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                    #10
                    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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                      #11
                      I have the one that Kayleigh showed but I touch it with my toes. I'm in agreement with you Ellie that anything for disabled people is way too pricey and it's just taking advantage of us. Wouldn't have paid that price myself but I got it supplied by my OT.

                      Mick.

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                        #12
                        Yes, I agree Ellie, the price of some essential equipment we need can be gob-smackingly and eye-wateringly expensive - and even alarmingly way too high-pitched at times!

                        In fact, I can freely say that the only thing I usually hear that's going 'cheap' is bird-song - with, perhaps, the occasional 'cat-call' thrown in for free LOL...

                        http://https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=chAy0hlVnNw

                        As kindly mentioned by Dina and Mick, sometimes the equipment can be provided free of charge. Therefore, I will definitely be checking out my options with my OT before raiding the safe to fund any equipment myself.

                        Love,
                        Kayleigh

                        P.S ... and just in case anyone would like to spend time reading the MNDA's free factsheet about 'Environmental Controls', I have free-posted a link to it below:-

                        http://https://static.mndassociation.org/app/uploads/2019/09/18165244/11E-Environmental-controls.pdf

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