Lifeline button, wired phone line, & Verizon strike-aternatives?
My mother has had a Philips Lifeline system for several years, and we've been happy with it. However, it requires a working landline to operate. Unfortunately, her phone line went out just before Verizon went on strike. She's been 6 days so far without her landline and medical alert coverage. Her appointment was for yesterday but nobody came, and when I talked to a guy at Verizon he couldn't even give me a ballpark figure as to when someone might get there. She does have a cell phone, but she's not used to using it to receive calls, and I'm afraid the longer this goes on, the more stressed out she'll be, and the less able she'd be to use it in an emergency.
Anyway, I googled around and found a medical alert system that works on the cell phone system instead of wired phone lines. They say they are the only such system out there. It also works outside the home, and uses GPS to report where someone has pushed the button. At least I hope it only uses the GPS when the button has been pushed--I'd hate for her to be tracked everywhere, and her house robbed while someone knows she's out!
I've never heard of them. Anybody have experience with them?