Looking for a phone for a senior with dexterity issues

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  1. rosso

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    My Dad is now living in a Long Term Care facility. He needs to have a phone, if for no other reason than to have it. He has serious dexterity issues so it is very important that the phone have large buttons and be easy to answer. My thought is a basic no frills cell, either to add to my verizon plan or a Trac phone or similar. I've done a bit of research and most reviews suggest the Alcatel 382G would be ideal, it costs between 18 and 30 dollars and comes with double minutes for life. I don't expect he will make many calls so adding to my verizon plan doesn't seem to me to be cost effective.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated..

    Criteria are:
    Large buttons
    Speed dial
    Easy to answer
    Loud ringer volume
    Good speaker volume

    Thanks

    Ross

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    I don't have first hand knowledge of the Alcatel 382G, or any similar phones. It looks like that one has some decent customer reviews, and may fit the bill for what you need. Hope whatever you buy works good for you guys & hope things work out well for your father.
     
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    Most wireless services have no frills big number phones, flip phone types.

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    Hey there! IT guy at a nursing home here.

    Does it HAVE to be a phone that he'll carry around with him? Because phones like this Sears.com are very popular in our facility for older folks. There's also a similar model for around $100 if they have a very hard time hearing, but you didn't mention that, so I assume this sub-$35 phone would do the trick.

    The reason why I ask is because this kind of phone is obviously something he'll be more used to. Idk if he carried a cell phone before his health deteriorated, but this is more akin to the home phone he likely had for most of his life (once people started getting home phones, depending on his age).

    If the facility or phone company don't provide phone service to residents, a phone like this can easily be used with something like StraightTalk's home phone setup, as long as cell signal is decent in his room.

    You can get a refurbished unit for free or pay $45 for a brand new one. If he doesn't need International calling, it's $15/mo unlimited talk. No Contract Home Phones: StraightTalk Wireless

    Again, if you really think he wants/needs a cell phone, by all means, disregard this post, but want to make sure you've considered this kind of option.
     
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