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Tips for using the TV and phone

Try the following tips to make using the TV and phone easier:

Using the TV

Use a remote control with large buttons and a modified grip. Some can also be programmed so you can use them on a number of electrical appliances.

Using the phone

Home phones

A cordless phone is easy to grip and handy to keep by you. It will save you getting up when you're relaxing and can also call help in an emergency. Some phones have a hands-free option so you can use the phone without holding it to your ear.

Mobile phones

Use a mobile phone with large buttons – you can buy them from the RNIB and other stockists. Alternatively, many smart phones have touchscreens that can be used with a stylus to make it easier to type. Pad the stylus end or wrap an elastic band round to make it easier to hold.

Many mobile phones have a loudspeaker option or can be used with a hands-free headset so you don't have to hold them to your ear.

Phone alarm systems

A phone-alarm system has an alarm button which can be kept in a pocket, hung around your neck or pinned to your clothes. When the button is pressed, the phone will call for help. Many councils and charities, including Age UK, rent these systems out for a small charge.


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