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pearl   

I should probs post this on my Carer's forum - but there are more peeps here so more chance of useful info ... :thumbs:

 

Our analogue signal is being switched off in November, so we are trying to find a suitable digital TV for mum, who has dementia & cannot learn new skills. First off we went down the Digital Help route, in the naive belief that they would provide equipment suited to her needs. Wrong. They installed a digi box & left her with 2 remotes to master. Despite mr p labelling them she was unable to learn how to use them & for the first time in living memory stopped watching her tv. (Given that she is virtually housebound now & can no longer follow the plots in novels this is quite major.)

 

So we got them to take the equipment back, put her back on analogue for the time being & are now considering an integrated digital tv.

 

My question is: does anyone know which is the easiest to use - are there any designed for peeps with special needs? In an ideal world she would have a really simple remote with on/off & channels.

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You can get special remotes with fewer and bigger buttons, not sure where from, that you program to you telly.

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I should probs post this on my Carer's forum - but there are more peeps here so more chance of useful info ... :thumbs:

 

Our analogue signal is being switched off in November, so we are trying to find a suitable digital TV for mum, who has dementia & cannot learn new skills. First off we went down the Digital Help route, in the naive belief that they would provide equipment suited to her needs. Wrong. They installed a digi box & left her with 2 remotes to master. Despite mr p labelling them she was unable to learn how to use them & for the first time in living memory stopped watching her tv. (Given that she is virtually housebound now & can no longer follow the plots in novels this is quite major.)

 

So we got them to take the equipment back, put her back on analogue for the time being & are now considering an integrated digital tv.

 

My question is: does anyone know which is the easiest to use - are there any designed for peeps with special needs? In an ideal world she would have a really simple remote with on/off & channels.

 

While I can't offer any specific recommendations, I do think an Integrated (IDTV) will be easier to use - but you'll probably have to visit some shops and try some.

 

Essentially, once it's set up properly, it should act pretty much like an ordinary TV, with the ability to use the + and - buttons to go up and down the channels. You might even be able to set it up so it only displays the basic channels (BBC, ITV etc) but I'd ask in the shop.

 

You're probably better off visiting a specialist retailer, though, rather than the big chains. They are more likely to know what you can and can't do.

 

Phil

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