You remember the commercials and the memorable phrase, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” as you see an older woman laying on the floor in pain. This can happen all too many times to older people who stay in their homes alone. I think most of us value our independence and would like to stay in our homes as long as we can. I know I will do everything I can to stay in my home and if there is technology to help, I’m all for it.
The VTech CareLine Safety Telephone system is a new tech product for seniors. The system comes with a large corded telephone, a cordless phone, and a pendant button with speaker for wearing about your neck. The pendant button can also be clipped onto a belt or pocket if you don’t want to wear it around your neck. Both phones feature large, over-sized buttons and large displays as well as speaker phone and caller ID. This system has it all!
When not in use, the Portable Safety Pendent is placed in it’s own cradle to recharge.
There are so many neat features with the VTech CareLine phone system. First, you can program the four buttons on the front of the large unit and put photos under the buttons so it’s easy to call someone just by looking for their photo and pressing the button. Second, you have the added flexibility of having a portable cordless unit. Third, you have the Pendant button to wear for emergencies. The level of use depends on the health of the person using it. A more independent person, who is in good health, may not need the necklace pendant but it’s good to have it around if it is needed.
The portable pendant is super cool. You can make and receive calls right from the pendant and there are two buttons on the back that can be programmed with telephone numbers you call the most or maybe an emergency number like 911. It works like a speakerphone, so you just talk into it to make the call and you can even check your voice mail from it.
On the back there are two programmable buttons, a volume button, and an ON/OFF switch.
I was impressed with the quality of each piece. They are made from sturdy plastic and the buttons are easy to press and program. This set is so affordable, you could buy it and use it as a regular phone system no matter your age.
The VTech Careline System also allows for 12 phones to be connected so you could expand on the two phones you get in this kit to make sure there is a phone in every room of the house.
The VTech CareLine phone system is also budget friendly at an average retail price of $119.95. You get everything you see in the photo above – the large corded phone, portable phone, and pendant button. It comes with all of the batteries you need as well and full instructions. You can also purchase a second portable pendant for $29.95. And, there are no monthly fees. If you purchase from the VTech website you will also get Free Shipping!
The Today Show recently featured the VTech CareLine phone system as a hot new gadget for seniors.
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Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in a campaign by BOOMboxNetwork.com on behalf VTech Communications, Inc. and received this system to facilitate my review. All opinions stated within are my own.