Are you searching for a new mobile phone for yourself or a senior in your family?
What kind of phone should you get? What features might be helpful? Here are some key points to consider when shopping for a mobile phone for seniors.
1. Figure out what’s challenging for you
When choosing a phone, it’s crucial to consider the specific challenges you or your loved one may encounter. Are you experiencing sight loss? Do you have arthritis or nerve damage that makes it difficult to manipulate a touch screen? Do you find it easier to use something that’s simpler and won’t require you to keep track of a lot of information? Even though it’s different for everyone, these are some of the more common obstacles seniors face.
2. Voice operation gives you control
When you’re experiencing visual impairment, or other disabilities, a lot of things are inaccessible and difficult to control. Your phone doesn’t have to be one of them.
RealSAM phones are fully voice operated, allowing you to make calls, send messages, add contacts, and do so much more with your voice. They’re built from the ground up with accessibility in mind.
3. It’s easier to navigate with a simple interface
Most smartphones have inaccessible apps, small icons, and extensive menus. You’ll either need to learn how to use a screen reader or screen magnification to navigate these. If it’s physically difficult to use gestures, or to remember the multiple steps you must take to make a call, opt for a mobile phone with a simple interface.
RealSAM phones feature large fonts, high contrast colours, and simple interfaces. Everything can be done with the large ‘tap to talk’ button that activates the phone for voice commands.
4. Your mobile phone should be compatible with your hearing aids
It’s easy to overlook this, but if you use hearing aids, you should be able to use them with your phone. RealSAM phones are can be linked to your hearing aids via Bluetooth.
5. Emergency help should be easy to reach
Look for a phone that includes emergency features that will alert someone when you or your loved one needs help.
RealSAM phones have a special setting where emergency assistance contacts are saved. You can ask the device to make an assistance call and it will automatically call and SMS your assigned emergency contact. The phone will automatically move to the next designated contact if the first is not reached.
6. Assistive features can make a difference with everyday life
Choose a phone with built-in assistive tools.
RealSAM phones are designed to help people accomplish everyday tasks independently. If you are a low vision user, the built-in video magnifier will help you zoom in to what you need to see. If you are severely sight-impaired, the magnifier can identify objects, as well as read print and handwritten text aloud.
The built in GPS tool allows you to programme personalised walking routes to help when you’re out and about.
You’ll also have access to anytime, anywhere sighted assistance with volunteers from Be My Eyes, giving you even more support throughout the day.
7. Excellent customer support is a must
Look for an excellent product from a company who value their customers.
At RealSAM, we understand that new technology can be daunting. We offer all new customers three 1 on 1 sessions to help with set up, and unlimited support onward. Our Support team is available Monday to Friday for any questions or advice. We also have an online customer portal so loved ones can help with adding new contacts.
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RealSAM phone prices start as low as £19.99 with unlimited UK calls and texts and 1GB data from O2. Check out all our devices from our shop or call us at 0333 772 2708.
By Guenivir Kendrick