As we and our parents age, the tables often start to turn. Rather than them worrying about us and our well-being, we start to worry about them – sometimes a LOT! We want them to be happy and independent and we want them to be SAFE!
As my Mom gets older, I’m impressed at how active and capable she is in her retirement years. She keeps very busy with volunteer activities, looking after my nephew and with fun things like travel and hobbies. But, even though she is so capable I still worry because I know the chances of an accident happening or her needing help in an emergency increase every year.
VTech understands this concern and is helping to keep seniors independent in their homes with their new CareLine™ home safety telephone system. This awesome phone system uses features like large displays, reminder capabilities, volume boost and a wearable pendant with one-button dialing that can directly call people that seniors communicate with most.
I recently received a VTech CareLine™ home safety telephone system to test out with my Mom. Mom hates dealing with technology, so I went to her house to set it up. While it did take me a while to get through everything, in large part that was due to the fact that the system has so many different features. Mom could have figured it out if she took her time and went through the instructions step-by-step, but I was glad that I could do it for her – and so was she!
All-in-all she loves the new phone and so do I. There are lots of practical reasons for her to like it. It has handy photo speed dial buttons so she can store her four most frequently-used numbers and identify them for one button dialing. This is also helpful because when she watches my 4-year-old nephew he would be able to easily dial one of those numbers in an emergency. One of the buttons is dedicated to 911 in case of an emergency.
Besides the easy dialing from the photo buttons, she also has one-touch dialing on the included wearable pendant. It has two speed dial-keys that correspond to the first two numbers programmed on the base unit. We have them set up to call either 911 or my sister. We tested out calling her and it is amazing at how clear the sound is through the pendant. My sister said that we sounded even clearer than on Mom’s old regular phone! Plus through the pendant you can also listen to voicemail messages, review missed calls, confirm the date and time or receive programmed reminders for medication, appointments or other events. And it works for up to 600 feet from the base unit, so she can even go out in the yard and still have quick access to the phone.
There are lots of other features that are super cool on this system. It has lights that flash when the phone is ringing, which is great for those that are hard of hearing. It has lots of options for each feature so you can set different sounds, message options, and much more. Some of the other features include:
- Large buttons and displays with full duplex speakerphones on all three devices: the corded phone, handset and pendant
- Voice commands and one-button dialing with the safety pendant to reach preferred contacts
- Audio Assist® that temporarily increases volume for easier hearing on calls
- Visual ringing indicator and Voice Announce® caller ID, so calls won’t be missed
- Audio and visual cues for programed reminders
- Photo speed dial on the corded phone for quick reference of frequently dialed numbers
The system is very reasonably priced with an ARV of $119.95. Plus, there are NO MONTHLY FEES. You can also get an additional pendant or an additional cordless handset for $29.95 each.
Overall we are more than pleased with the VTech CareLine™ home safety telephone system. Mom is happy with all the features and ease of use. My sister and I have gained much peace of mind in that we know Mom has easy access to communicate with us or 911 in an emergency. Everyone is happy!
Reader Giveaway: TWO lucky Thrifty Jinxy readers will each win their own VTech CareLine™ home safety telephone system. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 3/31/13. Good luck!
Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in a campaign by BOOMboxNetwork.com on behalf VTech Communications, Inc. I received compensation and this system to facilitate my review. All opinions stated within are my own.