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TV Remote Control

Linsac

Registered User
Aug 14, 2020
23
Hello I wonder if anyone would recommend a simple TV remote control for my mum to replace the 2 she has now? She has one for her TV and one for Virgin which changes the channels. She only watches about 6 channels which I would like to be able to programme in. She rings me multiple times a day at the moment unable to remember how to change the channel (she can no longer follow the written instructions in front of her). Thank you.
 

Louise7

Registered User
Mar 25, 2016
2,589
@Linsac There are a variety of simple remote controls available- some examples are in the link below. When my mum started to have difficulties using a remote even a simple one was no good and it was a case of just having to keep to one channel but if you think that your mum would still be able to operate a simple remote they're worth trying.

 

Linsac

Registered User
Aug 14, 2020
23
I'm not even sure she would. The thought of teaching her to use something different fills me with dread as it sends her into a complete panic. It is a shame, she still likes watching tv and can follow it. I would ideally get rid of the Virgin box so she just has one remote but she loves watching tennis and golf which is only on cable. Thanks anyway, these were the ones I looked at but wanted to hear if anyone had any luck with them.
 

Janey B

Registered User
Aug 15, 2019
56
Northwest
I'm not even sure she would. The thought of teaching her to use something different fills me with dread as it sends her into a complete
panic. It is a shame, she still likes
watching tv and can follow it. I would ideally get rid of the Virgin box so she
just has one remote but she loves
watching tennis and golf which is
only on cable. Thanks anyway, these
were the ones I looked at but wanted
to hear if anyone had any luck with
them.
Hi Linsac
We had the same problems worse thing was OH kept pressing buttons and messing up the TV settings !!
Eventually discontinued the free view box, bought a new TV with everything included (so only had one control) Even then he kept pressing buttons and messing up the settings. I now hide the main control and have bought him a “Handel easy control” he can use that but just to adjust volume and change channel. Thing is as I am here most of the time I can sort out any problems as they arise. ( usually 🙄) so maybe not helpful for you
 

Rosettastone57

Registered User
Oct 27, 2016
1,399
Hi my mother in law was very much like this. She was on her own and quickly lost the ability to follow instructions. My husband gave her a simple radio and she was completely incapable of switching it on even with written instructions. The only way was to have someone with her to prompt her.
 

MrsV

Registered User
Apr 16, 2018
194
Northamptonshire
Hi my mother in law was very much like this. She was on her own and quickly lost the ability to follow instructions. My husband gave her a simple radio and she was completely incapable of switching it on even with written instructions. The only way was to have someone with her to prompt her.
Hi Rosettastone,

My Mum was similar, she would ring us up to say the TV is broken. She had unplugged it, one day she unplugged the landline, unable to ring her, we turned up to find she had unplugged that too, she said it was making a noise and it wouldn't stop. The TV remote would disappear too, we found it outside in the garden once, ruined by rain. We got another and she put that in the kitchen sink. Later on she couldn't use the phone anymore, and couldn't follow the TV. Mum's in a care home now, but at least shes safe.
 

Hayley JS

Registered User
Feb 20, 2020
180
@MrsV, I had to smile, before I moved in full time with mum the telephone and TV remote were constant issues similar to your experiences. I got mum a new flat screen TV for her bedroom which she kept placing on its back to use it as a table top for her books, creams and the now totally pointless remote. Unsurprisingly the TV broke within a matter of a few weeks, I still have it tucked away to dispose of, can't find the remote though........
 

Fiona F

Registered User
Apr 12, 2020
38
56
Southampton
My mum can't use the TV remote control either. She calls it the 'button box'. She constantly puts it in a 'safe place' - so I'm always turning the house upside down looking for it - the usual hidey places are - in the bed, under the bed, in her chest of drawers, in the bathroom, or in her handbag. I tell her just leave it on the coffee table all the time then she, the carers & I always know where it is. The trouble is mum has lots of hallucinations & thinks that 'the people' will take the 'button box'. We usually keep her TV on local or classical radio channels rather on actual tv channels, because she gets very het up with the people on tv constantly 'talking' to her & 'asking her questions' etc. She does manage to press the off button at night to switch it off, but then hides the controller!
 

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