Aging Parent Answers Doorbell Without Looking

By: Frank Engelman.  Updated: September 17, 2021.


Problem description

My Mom jumps up to answer the doorbell every time it rings. I worry about two things.

  • I worry she opens the door to strangers without knowing who they are.
  • I worry she does not always hear the doorbell and might miss out on someone she actually wants to talk to.

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This is part of a series of "Problems" and DIY Technology "Solutions" to the challenges faced by older adults, by Frank Engelman. 



Suggested Solutions

Ring Doorbell Announces Visitors via Echo Show or Fire TV Cube

Here are two solutions (plus detailed "how to" instructions).

  • The basic version uses an Amazon Echo Show with Ring doorbell, so that when the doorbell rings, your loved one can ask Alexa to view the camera.
  • The second solution offers a personalized audible warning to check the screen below, before opening the door. It does this by triggering an "Alexa Routine."



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