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That hits the nail on the head. For like 40 times the cost you can get a medical device that only works under ideal situations and does very little. I think for about $1000 we should be able to get almost everything on that list. My mother is actually very pleased just turning on and off her light when she wants it and playing audible books. That's just a tiny fraction of the potential.The one I'm trying to tackle now is paging another room (even when someone is sleeping.) I need some kind of alarm or bell that can be triggered by bluetooth or wifi. Should be able to designate which room, and be fairly cheap so that we can have them throughout the house. I can't find anything. I might need to get them built.
I have an elderly friend in a nursing home who is very isolated; no immediate family and the home is pretty far from people who might otherwise visit. She cannot use her arms enough to pick up the phone (though she can manage the TV remote).I am wondering if an Echo might help her interact with the world a bit and make life more interesting (she is really bored among other things). Having never used one I wonder about a couple potential problems: (a) she speaks very softly and her head usually hangs down, and (b) her roommate's TV is often very loud. Can anyone tell me how well the Echo might work in such a situation? I'm picturing it sitting on the little rolling table a few feet from her head.Ideally I should borrow one and give it a try, but I don't offhand know anyone I can borrow from.Thanks.
Amazon boasts of the Echo's ability to filter out even its own blasting music to hear commands. There's also a remote you can buy that should help alot.