Originally Posted by thefed
theres also versions that are not 'service' based in that they do not call a support center. instead, they call a pre-programmed list of #'s witha pre-recorded message. thus, theres no monthly charge
This is clearly less expensive, but hit or miss. I have 4 people on my list of "if I need you I'll call." Lot's of times I'll call all four (not in need, but just to talk or make plans or whatever) and get no-one. Someone usually calls back before long, but if I were in deep doo-doo it might not help much by then.
Fed, I hope you can find something effective that the family can afford.