This section includes doorbells and door entry systems with accessible features.
Doorbells which flash, vibrate or sound loudly may help a person with hearing loss to be alerted when the doorbell is pressed. When the doorbell button is pressed, a unit within the home flashes, a portable pad vibrates, or a loud ring is sounded. Some doorbells have a combination of more than one of these features.
Most models are wireless, and are either battery powered or the chime unit plugs directly into an electric socket.
Door knock beacons are attached to a door and flash a strobe light if they detect a knock on the door.
One-way intercom systems enable a user to speak to, and hear a caller at their door. They can also release a door latch so a caller can be let in without the user having to go to their door. Some have a video function to enable the user to see the person at the door as well as speak to them.
Two-way intercom systems enable communication between two or more rooms, or between one or more rooms and a box outside the front door. They can be used to talk to a caller at the door before the user decides whether to let them in.
Telecare door entry systems enable a person to open their front door with a remote control system and/or enable a carer or the emergency services to open the front door with either a remote control or by contacting the person's help centre.
Sound indicators are alerting systems which may flash a light or trigger a vibrating pager to notify a person of their doorbell. They may also be used to be alerted to the telephone ringing, a smoke alarm or baby monitor.
If you know that there is a certain product that will help you, feel free to browse through our online catalogue or use our search tool for specific product names. National retailers are listed against each product and you can click on their link to go directly to their website to order that product or contact the retailer for more information. Don't forget to tell them you found their information on our site.
If you are unsure about what you need why not try our AskSARA tool to narrow down your search by considering what areas of daily living you need help with.
If you would prefer to speak to someone for advice about daily living equipment, please contact our Helpline on 0300 999 0004.
Our experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem and can send you information on products that might help you, where you can buy equipment and other useful organisations that might be able to help you.
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