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teleCalm Caregiver℠ stops Problem Calls
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Smart phones and cell phones may seem convenient. But they often become difficult for seniors to use. Smart phones can be hard to unlock and dial. Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s frequently misplace smart phones and let them run out of battery power. These seniors face an especially rough time with cell phones, as they lose the ability to dial by name or number.
Common Telephone Problems
Seniors often experience a range of telephone problems. These problems often worsen with age, and can be signs of conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Repeat Dialing HabitsSometimes, seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s develop erratic or repetitive behaviors. In some cases, a senior may fall into a habit of calling the same person over and over again. This can be very disruptive to caregivers and other family members. Many caregivers struggle with ad-hoc ways to deal with phone problems like this. Sometimes caregivers resort to taking the phone away from their loved one. teleCalm offers a better solution for compulsive phone dialing. This optional feature triggers when your loved one dials the same person too many times in a short period. teleCalm automatically blocks additional repeat dialing attempts. We provide a gentle redirect voice message to your loved one. We simply tell your loved one that the person they’re trying to call is not available. After your loved one stops the repeat dialing behavior, they can dial normally again.
Robocalls, telemarketers and scammersPhone problems often start with robocalls, scammers and telemarketers. Seniors are especially vulnerable to telephone scams. Common tactics include the IRS scam, the Grandparent scam, or the ‘One Ring Caribbean Call’ scam. There are well promoted ways to stop unwanted calls and protect yourself and your loved-one from fraud. But these techniques become more and more difficult as we age. Such techniques are often not possible for seniors coping with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
In contrast to other solutions, teleCalm Caregiver protects your loved one. When a caller dials your loved one, teleCalm checks them against your list of contacts. As caregiver, you define who may speak with your loved one. Callers you have pre-approved ring straight through to your loved one. No other calls go through. Period. This robust mechanism stops all robocalls, telemarketers and scammers.
Unwanted Late-Night CallsSeniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s often lose track of time. We’ve heard many stories of caregivers trying to deal with their loved ones placing calls at bad times. For example, one senior had a habit of calling their loved one at 3am on a regular basis. It seems the senior was expecting a ride – they thought they were late for the hairdresser. Night after night, the caregiver had to explain that it was late, and that the hairdresser appointment was after sunrise. The senior’s behavior was disruptive and stressful, and caused the caregiver to lose sleep. Caregivers need to take care of themselves. Many caregivers work hard to maintain a day job while they care for their loved one. Others need to focus during the day, without interruption from their loved one. You can manage unwanted calls during special times using teleCalm Caregiver. Simply use the mobile app to turn on Quiet Hours℠. You can select two different time ranges. Select ‘Nighttime Quiet Hours’ for a good night’s sleep. Select ‘Daytime Quiet Hours’ to arrange personal time during the day. You can even record a gentle redirection message in your own voice. If your loved one dials during quiet hours, they’ll hear your personalized message. Quiet Hours also defines times when nobody can bother your loved one. This stops incoming calls from disrupting your loved one when they need to rest.
How Does Caregiver Stop Problem Calls?teleCalm’s protection starts when a caller dials your loved one, or when your loved one dials their phone. First, teleCalm checks the call against your allowed contacts list. Then teleCalm checks for any additional rules you have defined such as quiet hours or repeat dialing. teleCalm blocks unwanted calls or sends them to voicemail. Desirable calls ring through. What’s the bottom line? Your loved one can speak freely with family and friends. As a family caregiver, you can create a safe and well-connected environment for your loved one. It’s that simple.
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Inappropriate 911 HabitsFalse 911 calls often cause problems for families, senior living communities and emergency services. One example is the hostage scenario. In this case, memory care residents call 911 and claim that they’re being held hostage. They ask to be rescued. Typically, emergency teams must respond, even if they recognize a repeat false alarm caller from a memory care unit. This can lead to fines for the senior, family caregiver or senior living community. It creates unnecessary stress. Penalties for false 911 calls vary widely. In extreme cases, inappropriate 911 calls can escalate to worse situations, such as police actually arresting the senior. Even professional caregivers struggle with ways to prevent false 911 calls. The most common solution is for caregivers to take the phone away from their loved one. Unfortunately, removing the phone only increases a senior’s isolation. In contrast, providing a phone service such as teleCalm Caregiver helps seniors stay connected. Additionally, a telephone can be especially helpful to memory care residents and seniors with limited mobility. teleCalm Caregiver eliminates the need to take away a senior’s phone. When you sign up for service, simply let us know if your loved one has an inappropriate 911 habit and lives in assisted living or memory care. We’ll discuss the options with you and help you pick the best solution. Under certain conditions, we’ll configure your service to disable 911 or to divert 911 calls to family or staff.
Caregiver Automatically Notifies Emergency ContactsMany teleCalm customers care for loved ones living at home or in independent living. In such cases, it becomes even more important to alert caregivers in case of emergency. When you sign up for Caregiver phone service, simply list up to one additional emergency contact. We’ll take care of the rest. If your loved one calls 911, we’ll promptly notify emergency contacts by text message. As a family caregiver, you’ll know to check in and make sure your loved one is OK.
Caregiver easily moves from a home or apartment to senior livingteleCalm Caregiver makes transitions easy. Simply contact us when your loved one moves from one residence to another. We’ll arrange for Caregiver phone service to move with them. There is no extra charge to move Caregiver service between locations. But we do request that you promptly notify us of any address changes.
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Use teleCalm to solve 911 false alarm problems and get instant notication when residents DO place legitimate 911 calls. Differentiate your community and show that you’re a cut above the rest.
At move-in, families often ask if they can replace mom and dad’s cell phone with resident phone service. Most senior living communities simply recommend commodity phone companies. However, other phone companies do not understand the unique needs faced by caregivers and seniors dealing with dementia – they offer phone service to seniors as an afterthought.
In contrast, teleCalm was specifically built to serve the needs of caregivers and communities geared towards seniors.
Call 888-701-0411 to learn how teleCalm can serve you.