We are trying to work out a way for my mother in law to visit her son in FL while we go away this winter for a couple weeks.
She has a Lifeline help necklace and a land line phone in her apt. now. My brother in law (her son) has no land-line - and you need a land-line in order to use the Lifeline necklace.
My question: Would a Jitterbug cell phone be a reasonable alternative? She is NOT very tech savvy and even has trouble with her TV remote at least once a week. Are they difficult to use? She is 88.
I see on Amazon that they sell them for $69 and sell a lanyard (so you can wear it around your neck) for another $5. But the Amazon site does not mention how to activate it.
I checked the Greatcall site and am wondering if this would be better. Cost a bit more. Must you sign a contract for 2 years? Can we purchase a ONE MONTH plan? I doubt she will use the phone except while she is in FL.
I see on the site that some use it instead of Lifeline - but I am afraid she would not want to have a 4 oz. phone hanging around her neck all the time or while she in in bed and especially while showering - so we feel the Lifeline is still the way to go here at home.
We just want her to be able to call her son or 911 if necessary while she is in Florida. He (and his daughter who is in college) will check on her during the day and be with her evenings and weekends.
If anyone has any suggestions for this - do reply. This trip could - and probably will - fall through - but I would like to check this out 'just in case' he comes through for us.