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I mostly like google. They often correct typos in their search terms realizing a person probably meant something else. This usually works fine for me.

However, today I am searching for "pagers for the disabled" and it keeps insisting that I must mean "pages for the disabled". "Did you mean 'pages for the disabled'?" Well, no. But the search results are from the suggested search. Quite irritated.


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chiaspod From: chiaspod Date: June 18th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find it generally helps to narrow the search.

"emergency pagers for disabled," for instance.

You knew that, and you're just venting, aren't you?
gkr From: gkr Date: June 18th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Although I tried that too and it came up mostly with links about emergency evacuations plans.
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: June 18th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you looking for 'Life Line', or some other similar product like that? I happen to have coupons for Life Line, which I believe is roughly 1st month/installment close to free when you sign up. Let me know, and I can pop one in the mail.
If this isn't what you were looking for, are you wanting some sort of call system where Mom can signal for you guys? Ablenet--I think was the name of a company that had a lot of different switch devices that we used with the pediatric kids for their computers, communication, etc. Depending on her current strength status, PT or OT could assist you with different types of switches. I'm sure that there is even more out there than when I stopped peds.
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: June 18th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, forgot to say to try Googling Assistive Technology for switch devices.
gkr From: gkr Date: June 19th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I've got good info on switches. What I don't have is good info on the pager part. No clue on how to hook up a switch to a pager.

And we aren't looking for a service. It's more to signal someone in or around the house because mom doesn't want to hire 24 hour care just yet.
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: June 19th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Within the house, it would not be hard to hook up a switch to a computer to make a 'come here' sound, but that would not work for the outside of the house. Off the top of my head, you could talk to someone at the ALS or MDA, or contact the switch or a pager company directly, as they might have some info on this. Another thought, you can hire someone for less than 24 hrs to do house stuff, assist Mom. There are also hospice volunteers, but not sure what all they are allowed to do. Is she allowing a Home Health Aide do the bathing? I know she's been resistant in the past, but I suspect you/family could use any extra support.
gkr From: gkr Date: June 19th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
We have an aide in 12 hours a day, five days a week. Although bathing is an issue, I'm leaving that to the hospice bath aide, my mom, my dad, the nurse, and the aide we hired to figure out. I'm trying to figure out communication issues, which have been tough. The current one is how does she signal dad to come help her? Short term is a bell, but try finding a bell in a store up here. Longer term is a switch activated pager that she can operate with her feet. And it has to be very cheap. And portable, so she can use it in bed or on a chair. And there's probably two or three other reasons she'll nix any solution I come up with.

Really, she needs an attendant 24 hours a day. But she thinks having someone there 12 hours/five days isn't needed and is "frivolous".
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: June 19th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I get "the having someone there 12 hours/five days isn't needed and is "frivolous". I have a hospice patient with Parkinsons, whos husband feels that applying for Access for transportation was taking advantage of the system, yet asking a stranger in the parking lot to help with a car transfer was just fine (yeah, injure a stranger with good intentions), something I would never want to do with this woman--and I'm not 82 with a bad back. I've looked through some of that AT handouts that I have, and unfortunately zero for a switch activated pager, BUT, I haven't done peds in 8 years, and the technology only gets better. Your Mom's version of 'cheap' may also be an issue, even though I know you'd take care of it. If you resolve this, I would want to know what you come up with. I will also ask around with the collegues. I know Mom's resistance to extra help is not making it easier for you. I do have to say you've stepped up, and she has to be definitely proud that she's raised such a caring and dedicated son. Too sappy, will stop.
a_muse_d From: a_muse_d Date: June 19th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
look up '"pagers" "disabled"' and keep the double quotations, it narrows search for those two words in the same text. looking up "emergency" in the same search bar could narrow it down more.

i rarely search without using quotes these days, it seems to speed things up a bit.
a_muse_d From: a_muse_d Date: June 19th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
gkr From: gkr Date: June 19th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh. I didn't know it did that. I've only used quotes to get phrases in the right order. Never realized the utility for the same functionality with one word.
a_muse_d From: a_muse_d Date: June 19th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
i'm here to help! :D
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