I went through this with my father years ago. We took away his phone as
he could not differentiate between day and night and called at all
hours. Afterwords he used phones in facility and we even started call
blocking numbers. Somehow numbers rotated so even blocking 10 numbers
did not prevent calls. I wish I knew of this solution but doubt it
would have completely stopped the problem.
Does it have to be a land line? What about a children's cell phone like
Firefly? I don't know much about kids' cell phones, but apparently they
have "parental controls" that would allow her kids to restrict outgoing
calls to certain numbers, like theirs.
Many nursing homes will not allow cell
phones because of loss and "theft" ....
theft being loss by a resident, but
telling that it was stolen. There are
probably 2 reasons for the no cell
phones, bother to the staff and as
someone mentioned, their phone is a
profit center for them. When my mother
was in a nursing home a few years ago,
they charged $25 per month for a phone
and you provide the phone. And, the $25
is whether the resident used it or not.
I remember back some years ago when they had the old rotary dial
phones, that they had some without the dialer. They were used in some
office buildings where the public had access, like maybe a waiting
room at a doctors office. I'd be pretty sure they still make such a
thing in a more modern design. I'd call a store that specializes in
phones. You're not going to find this at Walmart or Target. Maybe
Radio Shack, if there's no phone specialty store nearby.
Why would you check with the phone company about anything, you are
in a health care facility -- you check with the facility administrator
business office to see what THEY allow inside their facility...
As others here have said, you will be an extension on the facilities
phone system... Now whether or not you can call directly to that
extension from the outside world which is called Direct Inward Dialing
or you have to be connected through a receptionist or auto attendant
so your call can be filtered based on the hour or so they can keep
of who is calling in and not allow random phone calls through is
With PBX systems you are sometimes limited by what kind and type
of phone you can use at each extension... Many modern PBX systems
are entirely digital (even ones that aren't VoIP) and require special
telephone sets to be used and you can not use a standard telephone
set with them... You have to ask what sort of phone you will need to
supply to use with the system and if a telephone is included and
when you pay the fee...
The advice you were offered about reversing the leads on the phone
to disable the keypad would work if you were using 25 year old phones
on a telco provided Centrex system -- however the likelihood of a
health care facility still using such a system is very small... All
phones have diode bridges in them which can overcome the reverse
polarity issue and newer PBX systems are all digital making using
a standard phone at the extension location moot...
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