Product Type: Audioline telephones
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Peace of Mind
Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm
Member Name: northernlovely
Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm
Advantages: Alarm system, well made, feature packed
When my dad had a stroke back in 2006 I was worried and nervous when he came out of hospital, even though he had an alarm cord in his bathroom, bedroom and hallway, he had nothing in the lounge and nothing about his person should he slip or fall, or have any problems in and around the home.
That's when a friend told me about Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm. Here is my review based on our experience with the phone over the last 18 months since he moved into his new disability bungalow.
**Price and Availability**
The Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm is available from specialist disability shops, which is where we bought ours from, and online at retailers including Amazon. I paid £65 on the high street and it's currently £61.25 on Amazon so the prices seem to be both fair and consistent.
**Why Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm?**
The Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm is more than just a standard big key handset, it comes with an emergency alarm which can be worn on a lanyard (supplied) around the neck or on the supplied wrist strap like a watch. Just press the big alarm button and it will call your emergency contacts in turn (you program three into it so it's more likely you will reach at least one of them).
Obviously your emergency contact needs to have their phones on them (I always recommend a mobile) as missing an emergency call would be unthinkable. For that reason I use my always-on work mobile, husband's mobile, and my dad's sister's landline. It would only ring hubby and then my aunt if I for some reason was unavailable. If I was on the phone the system would try the next number. If I answer it gives a pre recorded emergency message along the lines of 'Mr Bloggs requires assistance, press zero to confirm'.
Aside from the emergency button (which was the main draw of the Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm for me) you can also press one of the red emergency buttons on the phone to make an alert.
This is why we bought the Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm over a standard phone. You can buy systems which connect to a live emergency service but we reckoned this would be a good stop gap as he already has that service corded into his bungalow and this is an added extra, also there is no subscription fee as it just uses your regular telephone connection.
My dad is partially sighted so the three line big letter screen is a welcome sight not only for caller display but for making calls via the phone book too. The big keys mean using the phone is a doddle and the cord is long enough to mean he can sit comfortably and have a conversation. He sometimes uses handsfree, and this is excellent in volume and with the mic.
The build quality of the phone is excellent, very sturdy and styled in silver plastic with black buttons and white text.
In terms of setting it up, I did this for my dad and most elderly or disabled (or both) people would probably go down this route, however for the record it was easy to set up, the instructions were clear and the setup took about 30 minutes. It took my dad a few days to get used to the phone.
If you have a hearing aid this is a hearing aid compatible phone and it also features a red LED light which flashes when there is an incoming call. You can set the phone to 'read' using an electronic type voice from the phone book so for example if I was calling it would say 'Kate calling'. If the number is not stored it reads out the number, which is handy for my dad because if the number is 'international' he will ignore it as it's always a sales call.
I think more than anything this phone is excellent for peace of mind, though it's a great all round disability phone too and my dad certainly is glad he has it. With it's wealth of features for the partially abled like my dad, it's well, well worth the money and is sure to last him. I've never had a real emergency call from it though we test it every 6 weeks to be sure, but it reassures us both to know that he won't have to ever feel alone or scared should anything as bad as his stroke happen again.
If you have the need for it, the Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm is an absolute marvel and it will do you well. It's a lot pricier than a standard phone of course but it is worth the money and I highly recommend it not only as a phone for the disabled or elderly but as an emergency system which is very effective. I highly recommend the Audioline Bigtel 50 Alarm, for the money it's the best non subscription emergency contact phone / system out there today.
Summary: A great phone for that reassurance you need
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