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I recently purchased a Hisense Roku TV for my elderly family member who has dementia. The tiny Roku remote with volume buttons on the side is a poor design for him. The remote never works when he tries to use it due to unintentionally holding mute or volume down while attempting to use the up or down buttons. And the other buttons only further confuse him.
He has a digital antenna that picks up over 50 channels on a clear day. So he only uses the Live TV option. And we found his old remote (that he knows how to use) works only on Live TV. So, I altered the Power On Settings from Home Screen to Live TV. The old remote’s power button luckily powers the Roku on and off - this is the only button that functions outside of Live TV.
In the event it’s an option for others:
Settings > System > Power > Power on > Live TV (or any available input) > press OK to save selection
I wonder if a mechanical adaptation of the original remote (or any remote) would be possible.
I. E. a case that you slot the original remote into which has bigger buttons that mechanically press the original buttons, hides unnecessary buttons, has a wrist strap and back strap, etc.
I have done something like that at the other end of the age range.. I wire the 3 main remotes I need to a small smooth metal tray to stop the small people in the house loosing them into the sofa cushions etc.