If you are looking for a wireless intercom to use
with an elderly or disabled person there are several
solutions you can look at. Which one is right
for you depends on your situation. There are at
least three communication types we get requests for
and they are:
- In-home communication
- Between nearby home communication
- Cross-country, cross-city communication
We will cover the intercoms we have that
often fit these communication types.
1. In-Home Communication:
An intercom solution for use when the elderly
person is in the same house is the
Wireless Intercom system.
wireless intercom system consists of three products.
There is a portable table-top intercom, a doorbell
intercom, and an outdoor intercom
that typically mounts by your front door so visitors
can announce their arrival.
While the system works well for caregiver
communication system, one issue some
elderly and disabled people have with the
WireFree Portable intercoms
is that there are several buttons that can be accidentally pressed,
especially when used on the bed stand in the dark. One of
these buttons is
a Channel button which if pressed will change the channel so
you can no longer reach a caregiver.
way to solve that problem is to use the WireFree Outdoor Intercom
even though you plan to use it indoors.
One of the nice things about the WireFree Outdoor Intercom for this
application is that there is only one large button so the
only thing you can do is press it to call a caregiver.
This unit is totally wireless and portable. The battery life is
one year or more so you won't have to worry about changing batteries
Another positive about the WireFree Outdoor Intercom is that it's
waterproof. You can put one in the bathtub or shower for
emergencies. Plus, you don't have to worry about spilling liquids on
it on your night stand either. If you spill a
drink on it, just wipe it off and it's good to go.
If you need a little extra volume, there is a switch inside you
can flip to make it louder. If you want the microphone to be a
little more sensitive for faint voices, there's a switch
for that too.
Since the WireFree Outdoor Intercom is meant for wall mount,
there is one easy modification we recommend so it can be used for
table top mount. Just go to your local hardware store and ask for
the self-adhesive vinyl bumpers that are typically used for
keeping your cabinet doors quiet when closing them. Then just stick
five of them on the bottom of the WireFree Outdoor Intercom and now you
can set it anywhere without having it slide around.
While not ideal, some people want to carry the
WireFree Outdoor Intercom with them using a neck
By making another slight modification which
consists of adding a plastic tie wrap through the
wall-mounting holes as shown in the pictures, a neck
strap or lanyard can be added which enables the
WireFree Outdoor Intercom to go with you anywhere.
While the outdoor intercom is not the smallest
unit (6" x 3.5" x 2), it only
weighs about nine ounces with batteries installed.
It's not exactly a James Bond sort of device, but it
is functional and it has a maximum range of up to
You'll lose a couple of features that the WireFree portable units
have such as the Monitor mode, channel selection, or volume
control. But you'll appreciate
how easy this WireFree Outdoor Intercom is to use.
In fact, if you
don't need the features of the Portable units, you can use as many of these outdoor
intercoms together as you like without having any
Portable units in your system.
product that will work for this application is our
WireFree Wireless Doorbell and Intercom. This
unit can be used for caregiving to the elderly or
disabled, as long as the person under care can press
a button once. The good thing about this unit is the
doorbell tone provides a good signal for the
caregiver. The downside is that the caregiver can't
initiate a call to the unit, but the caregiver is
usually healthy enough to walk to the person being
cared for. Another advantage over the outdoor
intercom described above is that this one allows
handsfree communication for the elderly or disabled
once the button is pressed the first time.
2. Between Nearby Home Communication:
Multi-Mile Wireless Intercoms
MURS Multi-Mile Wireless Intercom system is a
long range wireless intercom that can be used for
communication at distances of miles instead of feet
like other wireless intercoms. You can even add
external antennas to increase the range. In the
Multi-Mile product line, there is a fixed base
station intercom and a handheld two way radio that
allows for mobility.
If the elderly or disabled
person and the caregiver live in nearby houses,
these intercoms can be used for quick communication
between them. To use them simply press the "PTT"
button to talk and let go to listen.
You can use
as many of these devices together as you want in any
combination you want.
While you may see a Monitor
button on the base intercom, this feature does not
work like a baby monitor and cannot be used to
continuously monitor an area around the intercom.
The FCC does not allow continuous transmit in the
MURS frequencies. This feature is only used to
monitor for conversations on the channels before you
3. Cross-Country, Cross-City
Elderly/Disabled Emergency Alert
Elderly/Disabled Emergency Alert Intercom, or
Emergency Alert for short, is a system that enables
the elderly or disabled person to call you over
phone lines via a a small pendant intercom around
their neck, on their belt, or attached to a
wheelchair. It gives its user 2-way speaker phone
communication to family, friends, or neighbors, at
any time from anywhere in or around their home.
caregiver can be on a cell phone or landline phone
anywhere in the world.
Up to four contact numbers
can be programmed in the unit and if all four are
unreachable, then the call can go to 911.
monthly fees are required with this device so it can
save you a lot of money over monitored services that
many elderly people use.
range is said to be up to 600 feet, but this range
will very depending on several factors such as
Optional accessories include additional pendants
as well as a wall mount wireless water resistant
device that provides two way communication. You can
mount this device next to a bed-side table or even
next to the shower in the bathroom.
Author: David Onslow