Quest for the Ultimate Senior Video Doorbell?

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My Dad is 87 with some mild-but-increasing dementia and paranoia, so I need to put together a security system for their house, both for their peace of mind and for mine. A big part of this will be a video doorbell, but I'm having a hard time finding one that checks all my boxes:
  1. Must haves:
    1. RTSP, because I also will build a BI system for them that I will manage and monitor remotely.
    2. Can ring the frickin' doorbell!!!! I don't want to string together 3-4 pieces of hardware and software to will need maintenance, just so that a button next to the existing doorbell wiring can ring the doorbell!
    3. Standalone remote video screen.
      1. My elderly Dad cannot reliably even answer a phone call on his iPhone. Between mis-taps and pushing the sleep button or being unable to get the phone out of his holster, etc., 90% of calls to his phone go unanswered. There's no way an app on a phone will ever be useful for him. They spend a lot of time in the TV room; I want to have a single-purpose, dedicated screen sitting on the coffee table that always presents the exact same interface to him, so he can tap on it and "answer" the door.
    4. No subscriptions.
  2. Highly Desirables:
    1. POE. I know this is a tough one, so it's optional, but I like POE for everything, if possible.
    2. An app. My Mom can use an app. But I want one that doesn't require a subscription.
This Dahua camera and kit look pretty darn good, but it doesn't ring the doorbell without a Home Assistant script and a bunch of other stuff that I don't want to maintain.

Any other candidates?
 

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Does it have to be a doorbell? I live in a 2-flat built in 1919 and doorbells aren't an option so I installed an inexpensive IP camera. Any reason that wouldn't work? Seems to me it beats the search for a unicorn. Just me thinking out loud...
I still want a button that rings the doorbell and triggers the camera to trigger the display. So I think it needs to be a doorbell.
 

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But if they already have a working doorbell, a small camera with IVS to trigger on a human would actually be better. Many doorbell cams now will only trigger an app if someone rings the doorbell. You have to subscribe to the monthly app to get alerts based on humans approaching. Not all are that way, but any doorbell cam that is connected to the internet could go that way at any time.

What if someone knocks on the door - then possibly the doorbell camera doesn't record. At least the camera set up correctly would trigger for anyone that approaches, whether they knock on the door, ring the doorbell, attempt to steal a package, etc.
 

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The Amcrest AD110 works with out a subscription. This would tick some of your check boxes.
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works in Blue Iris
Works with an APP
uses regular doorbell wiring for power.
even if the wifi goes on the fritz,( power outage) etc....it will still work as a normal doorbell
No cloud required, but available.
Not sure how to get a Tablet showing the front door, 24/7 that has an answer button on it.
I have it in BI.
 
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This Dahua camera and kit look pretty darn good, but it doesn't ring the doorbell without a Home Assistant script and a bunch of other stuff that I don't want to maintain.
Thanks, all, for the feedback. I'm thinking that this Dahua kit might be OK if I could hardwire the physical doorbell in parallel with the guts of the Dahua panel. Has anyone ever taken one of these Dahua kits apart? IIUC a doorbell button is just a simple switch closure wired to the +12V or +24V or whatever doorbell supply voltage.
 
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