Phones Help Us Stay Connected

If you have called our facility, you were probably greeted by a friendly voice saying something like, “Good Morning, this is Morgan Lane Assisted Living Community in Tea, SD. How may I direct your call?”

Phones are an important part of life. They help us do business, communicate with friends and family, and get emergency assistance when we need it. If you have relied on a telephone for communication throughout the years, that probably hasn’t changed with age. This has many potential residents of our retirement village asking the question: Should I have a phone in my assisted living apartment?

The Long History of Phones

Phones have been around since 1876. Statistics show that, by 1920, about 35% of homes in the United States had a telephone. By 2004, that number had risen to over 90%. Today, home phone use is on the decline as they are being steadily replaced with cellphones.

Morgan Lane Supports Phone Use

As we get older or are sidelined by physical or cognitive limitations, our phones become a very important link to the world around us. Without them, we may feel lonely as we wait for visits from our children, grandchildren and friends. The good news is, there really is no reason you can’t have a phone when you move into a senior living facility like Morgan Lane!

Get Help Paying for Your Phone

If your finances are limited, a government program exists that may assist you in paying for a phone or internet service. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands.

Should I Use a Landline or Cellphone?

Whether you choose a landline or cellphone will depend on your situation. Some members of our assisted living community enjoy using both, and appreciate the sense of freedom and added security a phone imparts.

Pros and Cons of Landline Phones 

  • If you currently have a home phone, you are already familiar with how they work, so you won’t have to learn new technology. Keep in mind that it’s easy to set a cordless phone down and forget about it, or place it where it may slide between the cushions on your sofa or easy chair. When you lose your phone and it ends up with a dead battery, locating it may become difficult.
  • Corded phones are becoming more difficult to buy as fewer people use them. One nice thing about them is that you have only to follow the cord to find the receiver should go missing! However, your tether is only as long as the cord itself– too long, and it is a tripping hazard; too short, and you’ll have to remain stationary while you talk.
  • If you dial long distance numbers frequently, your monthly phone bill will reflect this, especially for international calling. Corded phones have the benefit of enabling you to make phone calls, even if the power is out. You will be able to call friends and family to pass time until the power returns.
  • Remembering telephone numbers becomes harder as we age. If your landline doesn’t have a feature that stores commonly-called numbers, you’ll have to keep a phone book or list of contacts handy.
  • Most newer landline phones come with caller id, which helps to avoid telemarketing calls.

The Good and Bad of Cellphones

Like landlines, cellphones also come with pros and cons. While flip phones stand up to a lot of abuse, their small screens and buttons make them difficult for seniors with poor eyesight or hand tremors to navigate. While smartphones typically have larger screens, there is a learning curve involved in using them. If you love to learn new things, a cellphone provides a great opportunity to do so.

  • Cellphones are very convenient. They are typically small enough to fit in a pocket and you can take them with you when you leave the assisted living facility for entertainment, medical appointments or errands. However, because they are small, they are easy to misplace.
  • If your cellphone battery goes dead, you won’t be able to make a call on it until it has been recharged. If the power goes out, but your phone is charged, you’ll still be able to send and receive calls or texts.
  • Making a habit of putting your phone to charge at the same time each day will ensure it has battery life when you need it. A cordless charging station is a great option if you have trouble seeing the charging port on your cellphone.
  • You can pre-program frequently used numbers into a cellphone, so you won’t have to go looking for a written list when you want to make a call.
  • There are many cellphone plans available that charge a flat monthly fee for unlimited calls and texts. This makes budgeting easier than with long distance calling services with variable billing rates, as is common with landline phones.

Begin with What You Know

At Morgan Lane Assisted Living, we encourage our senior care residents to begin with what is familiar to them when it comes to choosing a phone for their new assisted living arrangement. Many cellphones and landlines are available with special features for seniors, such as larger keys and single-key dialing options.

Stay in Touch at Our Senior Living Community

Our goal is to ensure that you are able to contact family and friends to learn what is new, share thoughts about your day or to simply enjoy the sound of their voices. We truly believe that having a telephone to use in your assisted living apartment will help to keep you safe and engaged in the world around you!

We’re Just a Phone Call Away!

Please contact Morgan Lane Assisted Living Community to learn more about the benefits of becoming a resident here. We would be happy to discuss the importance and many benefits of having a phone in your apartment.