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  1. Guest

    A customer of mine is 91 years old, lives alone and is hard of
    hearing. She uses hearing aids but removes them at night. The other
    night she accidently pressed her wireless medical alert button while
    asleep and could'nt hear the rescue personnel pounding on her door
    untill they broke it down. She was very scared to find all these men
    in her house and could actually have succummed to a heart attack at
    that point. I would like to set up loud ringers throughout the house
    for her that have adjustable outputs that I could pre set so that she
    will be able to hear them but not be so scared by them that they would
    be counter productive. These should operate at a lower frequency than
    a normal electronic telephone does sort of like a fire alarm sounder
    but obviously not that loud. Are there any good commercial devices
    available that anyone knows of that would accomplish this? I would
    rather not screw around with Radio Shlock stuff if I don't have
    to .She's pretty shook up and I would like to try to set this up as
    soon as possible.Thanks for any assistance. Lenny Stein, Barlen
    Electronics. .
     
  2. UCLAN

    UCLAN Guest

    Better yet, hook up some bright light bulbs instead of loud ringers.
    See how much light flashing is required to wake her up, and use the
    next brighter bulb. Or perhaps a vibration device under her pillow.
     
  3. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    I like good old-fashioned BELLS! Any of us over 45 have been
    conditioned to wake to them, from childhood. There used to be some on
    the market...plug in mechanical bell ringers with at least a couple of
    volume settings. They can be further adjusted or damped mechanically if
    needed.

    jak
     
  4. radiosrfun

    radiosrfun Guest

    I know he wanted to steer clear of Radio Shack, but they had a bell system
    for a "phone" - which was very loud. We installed one in an Ambulance Garage
    once - when all we had was "just" the phone which was sometimes hard to hear
    when the garage doors were open and lots of road traffic. That "bell" solved
    the issue. Oh and it was also to wake up the dispatcher - if they dozed
    off - when the phone rang. Maybe "that" bell - if they still sell them -
    could be adopted for this purpose?
     
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    The obvious (and simplest) answer is for her to keep her alert
    button in a place that's readily accessible but where she can't
    press it accidentally while she sleeps. Attached to the front or
    side of a nightstand might be one suggestion.
     
  6. hr(bob)

    hr(bob) Guest

    The bright light combined with a loud ringer should cover all bets.
    The Radio Shack stuff is fine.
     
  7. Big Al

    Big Al Guest

    My Dad fixed up something for our neighbor. Her house had hardwood floors.
    He took an old doorbell and removed the bell. He drove a large nail in the
    floor and positioned the bell so the clapper would strike the nail. The
    vibration could be felt anywhere in the house:)

    Al
     
  8. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    What a great idea! While I don't think it would necessarily wake an
    elderly person up, I can think of a number of other
    applications...signaling the deaf, for example.

    jak
     
  9. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    Actually, I had the Radio Shack unit in mind...I have one. They also
    have the light flasher interface. IMO, a combination of devices is the
    best solution; but I think having a real bell in the system is important.

    Some cheap phones from the 80's--before electronic 'ringers' became
    universal--had real bells...with the circuitry on a discrete board that
    could be pulled and installed in an alternate enclosure.

    I've bought a few of those from thrift stores for a buck or two and done
    so. They could be made a little smaller than the Rat Shack ringers.

    jak
     
  10. Guest

    I had forgotten about the loud bells that Radio Shack used to sell. If
    they no longer sell them I'm sure someone must have them. I remember
    they were designed for outdoor use. I once hooked up one with a common
    audible in a used car lot. You could hear it two blocks away. The
    bells are on an eccentric so you can adjust their position and hence
    their loudness relative to the hammer. I've got some really good
    suggestions here. Thanks for all the ideas. Lenny.
     
  11. Rack

    Rack Guest

    If your client has a bed with a headboard, especially one with a thin
    plywood back to it, a buzzer or bell screwed to the middle of it (behind the
    backboard) will create quite a loud (and raw/dirty) noise. The back acts
    like a sounding board. If the vibration and noise doesn't work, nothing
    will.

    I had the same problem with my MIL. They do look surprised when they wake up
    with a room full of rescue or police reople.
     
  12. Tim

    Tim Guest

    How about flashing strobes? They will wake one up quite quickly, and you
    could locate a couple around the rest of the house too.

    - Tim -
     

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  14. Ross Herbert

    Ross Herbert Guest

    On Sat, 5 Jan 2008 07:52:25 -0800 (PST), ""

    :A customer of mine is 91 years old, lives alone and is hard of
    :hearing. She uses hearing aids but removes them at night. The other
    :night she accidently pressed her wireless medical alert button while
    :asleep and could'nt hear the rescue personnel pounding on her door
    :untill they broke it down. She was very scared to find all these men
    :in her house and could actually have succummed to a heart attack at
    :that point. I would like to set up loud ringers throughout the house
    :for her that have adjustable outputs that I could pre set so that she
    :will be able to hear them but not be so scared by them that they would
    :be counter productive. These should operate at a lower frequency than
    :a normal electronic telephone does sort of like a fire alarm sounder
    :but obviously not that loud. Are there any good commercial devices
    :available that anyone knows of that would accomplish this? I would
    :rather not screw around with Radio Shlock stuff if I don't have
    :to .She's pretty shook up and I would like to try to set this up as
    :soon as possible.Thanks for any assistance. Lenny Stein, Barlen
    :Electronics. .


    Don't know what is available where you are but here we have a good range of
    electronic telephone ringer/alarms for domestic or industrial use.
    http://hytel.com.au/Catalogcurrent/alarms.htm

    The unit most likely to suit your client would be the Tone Ringer
    http://hytel.com.au/Products/K3507.htm

    You may find something more available here
    http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=19327&top=13512&trail=22,13436
     
  15. GregS

    GregS Guest

    I bought two radio shack telephone flashers. I will hook them up eventually. All
    warning devices around building have both flash and sound. I would definately install flashers
    in addition to sounders.

    greg
     
  16. Guest

    Strobe lights sound good.Otherwise, use some bright LED lights.They last
    much longer than incandescent lights.You might also check out some old
    fashioned battery powered bicycle horns or car/truck horns.The old
    bicycle horns have an adjustment screw on the back of them to adjust the
    loudness.
    cuhulin
     
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