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CES 2013: Helpful emergency gadgets for seniors

January 09, 2013

For folks with less of a need for monitoring, VTech is highlighting its CareLine Home Safety Telephone System, which has the requisite corded base and cordless handset combo. What sets it apart from being just another phone for seniors is its portable pendant.

To be clear, this isn't a monitoring system and probably wouldn't be the best option for those who are better served with those. 

The rechargeable CareLine pendant eliminates the need to juggle. It offers a cordless phone around your neck, with two programmable buttons -- one could be a relative or neighbor and the other could be 911. The wearer can also voice dial any of the 50 numbers they have programmed into the system's phonebook. 

The corded handset sports a large-text display, large amber-backlit buttons, audio boost for hearing those low-talkers and speed-dialing buttons that can have a photo added to them for faster recognition. 

The answering machine, fairly standard, does sport a "slow" button that can help with replaying messages from those racing through their phone numbers. 

The VTech CareLine system runs $120 and doesn't require any monthly fees for monitoring. (There is no monitoring.) It's available for purchase now.

Originally published on 2013-01-09 by Michelle Maltais at Los Angeles Times .