Though the use of landlines has dropped significantly, home phone service is still useful for many people, including senior citizens. While more seniors are using smartphones, and many have used cellphones, landlines offer unique reliability, safety features, and ease of use.
Staying connected is important for senior health. Loneliness and a lack of connection can be harmful to seniors and is linked to serious health conditions, like dementia, heart disease, and stroke. And technology doesn’t always make it easy for seniors to stay connected; most of it isn’t designed with seniors in mind.
While learning to be more tech-savvy and using online and digital tools to find new friends, explore interests, and even play games is a valuable pursuit, sometimes seniors just need a reliable and simple way to get in touch or to get help. In this case, a landline can be invaluable, benefiting both seniors and their families.
When it comes to staying connected, seniors need a phone line they can count on. Landlines get excellent coverage because they don’t rely on cellular towers (that may have spotty coverage), and instead use established phone networks. Compared to some cellphones and smartphones, the reception may be better on a landline too as the connection has virtually no delays or lag time. For senior citizens, a reliable connection can help them stay independent longer and avoid the dangers of loneliness by helping them reach out to friends and family.
For seniors that have concerns about safety, a landline is a great option. Calls placed on landlines can pinpoint their exact location, which can help emergency services find their home during an emergency. If safety is a major concern, seniors should also plan on getting a corded telephone. If the power goes out, a corded phone will still work while a wireless phone will not. Plus, a corded phone won’t get set down somewhere and forgotten, so it’s easier to find in a snap. In remote areas with weak cellphone coverage, a landline can provide clear reception. A reliable landline can also help friends and family check in on seniors when they need to.
Ease of use
Technology these days is often designed for younger generations, by younger generations, and relies on prior knowledge and experience to understand how to use it. This can leave seniors that aren’t technologically literate behind. Screens and buttons are tiny, which can make them difficult to use for older adults. There may also be a learning curve on some smartphones, apps, and interfaces used. When seniors need to communicate, they need a simple and easy way to do it. A landline can be an important piece of technology for seniors, as they are simple to use and a familiar technology. Plus, landlines are often designed with large buttons, bigger text, and an ergonomic receiver, which can be far easier for people over the age of 65 to use.
Landline phone service for seniors
When it comes to reliability, safety, and ease of use, landlines are a wonderful option for seniors who want to stay connected. Landlines offer a stable connection, can help seniors in case of emergency, and are simple to use, allowing them to stay connected with the ones they love.
At CenturyLink, we’re proud to offer landline phone service for seniors. Our home phone plans provide a crystal-clear connection, local, and long-distance calling, and the Unlimited Home Phone service comes with features like call waiting, caller ID, voice mail, and many other features. Learn about CenturyLink Home Phone plans today.
We believe it’s important to connect seniors to technology, and that’s why we offer Lifeline to help make communications services more affordable for lower-income or fixed-income consumers, including retirees.
14 thoughts on “Landlines for seniors: How home phone service offers reliability, safety and ease of use”
I am inquiring about home phone service in Searcy, ar. costs of service, installation, etc.
Hey there. You can get the information you’re looking for here: https://www.centurylink.com/phone/
Hi there! Please check out information about home phone service here: https://www.centurylink.com/phone/
can seniors still get a telephone book for their service area?
Hey Ben! You can order a new phone book. Learn how here: https://www.centurylink.com/home/help/home-phone/How-to-order-a-phone-directory.html
I have land line service but it only rings two times before voicemail. I am 70 cant always get to it in two rings can you adjust the rings to at least six rings?
We are not connected to any internet where live. We used to have Century tel years ago. How much to reconnect for basic service and what is the basic .monthly rate?
My mother is 100 and already has a landline at a cost of $62.32 per month. The account # is 311748509. Is there any cost reduction she can get as she has limited income and my sister and I pay all of her expenses.
Land lines for seniors are great but if you have to use the internet chat or text to get help with your line, it is of no use. Century Link needs to publish phone numbers for support so a senior can talk to someone
I only need a list or showing of phones available for purchase. The phones need to text and video either video chat or offer something similar to ZOOM.
Does a technician need to go into the apartment to set up a landline or is it done remotely?
My 92 year old mother-in-law is moving to an assisted living facility. Can she move her landline AND keep it active at her house?
Is it possible to get a landline WITHOUT internet?
I have an internet and land line service. Can I cancel my land line service and still have my internet service active?