Summary: I bought this phone model for my grandma. It's not so intuitive to set-up, but you only have to do that once. So, do reed the manual and get it set up correctly. Once that is done, there's no guessing around. The very limited number of buttons make it extremely easy to use for the elderly, people with poor eye sight or learning difficulties. This, however, also mean there's very limited functionality. So don't expect more than the obvious four numbers quick dial.
bought for my friend who has alzheimers, living in a care home.
29 January 2014
Summary: We are still in the process of teaching her how to use it due to the memory problems and because she is 95 and has never used a mobile phone before. However, it will only be a matter of time before it will bring her a bit more independance and a way to keep in touch with me when SHE wants to contact me, rather than having to ask staff if she can (which she is reluctant to do because she doesn't like 'to make a fuss'). Another lady in the home has this mobile phone.
Summary: The Doro mobile phone was very very good. Like it says on the telly advert it does what it says on the tin. Was easy to set up the only downside was it doesn't tell you how to put money on the phone to get it working. You have to buy a separate sim card but you have to own a mobile phone yourself and put the new sim card in your own mobile to put the money on then put the sim card back into the Doro mobile.
Summary: At last someone has thought through the impact of today's technology on the older generation. This phone gives them security in terms of being able to contact 4 key people if there is an emergency. It also gives them the means of being contacted by others just like a normal phone. If you have a relative who is mobile, still drives, but may need assistance in an emergency this is for them and you.
Summary: I bought this for my Mum who has very poor sight. I programmed it with her four favourite numbers and she can contact us easilly by pressing one of the four big buttons. The features for emergency calls to family or the emergency services are very clever. My Mum is delighted with it.
Summary: I bought a Doro 334 for my father who has a speech challenge and likes to go out on his mobility scooter. The Doro is quite a well made unit but, for an elderly person, the on off switch is a bit twee. The main problem with it however is that you cannot make up your own emergency SMS message. You have to make do with pre-programmed message: "This is an automatically generated alarm message from my mobile phone, please take appropriate action".
Summary: This mobile phone is a good size, making it easy to hold , the A,B,C,D, lettering is just perfect for elderly folk, especially, if they are sight impaired. I think it is expensive but it gives us the peace of mind that should our Father need us he can easily contact us.