If the person lives alone or spends time alone, make sure he/she has a telephone
in the main rooms in which he/she spends time. Not only does it provide opportunities
for socialization, but it lets you check in on the person and offer help from
a distance for example, giving a medication reminder, or for the person
to obtain help, when needed, in an emergency.
Common problems are often due to both the aging process and dementia. The person
may be dialing the wrong number because the lettering on the phone is too small
to read, or the person may have forgotten the number due to memory loss. And
without a special phone with volume control and a loud ringer, he/she may misunderstand
words or not even hear the phone ring. So for starters, make sure the phone has
large letters, adjustable volume control, and a loud ringer.
Over time, the person will have problems using the phone, so it's helpful to
know what some of the common issues are and how to resolve them.