Front End Advice Sought

I have been tasked with helping a friend put together an analog front end for her mom. This nice lady has a number of old albums she'd like to listen to, but not a whole lotta cash in order to make that happen.

She has an adequate receiver, but she needs a phono pre, turntable and cartridge. She can't afford to spend more than $1000.

What do you all think? Any ideas out there?
is she a hands on kind of person looking for the best sound she can get or would she rather have a Bose turntable if they made one? Analog is very hands on, you are not going to be performing other household chores while listening to an lp in the background.
The more information you can give, the better advice you are going to get, so give us a profile as to the ease of use that is expected.
I used to spin LPs while doing household chores all the time back in the 70s when vinyl was all we had, and I still do it now. An entry-level Rega or similar is not too hard to look after and heck, if I could learn to set it up so can anyone. All you need is patience. For a phono stage I would snap up the SimAudio Moon LP3.5 I saw here a day or two ago.
Yeah, let's not forget that as finicky as WE see the LP playback process, there was a time when everybody did it.

Still, I think a $1K Thorens single-play automatic or auto shutoff with factory-mounted and aligned cartridge would be the most no-hassle approach to decent quality. The Thorens TD240 is $975 with included cartridge. That leaves an outboard phono stage. The Cambridge Audio 540P is $99, but that's not too far over. Or there's the Audio Technica PEQ3 at $69.

Another approach would be a Technics SL1200 as a fully manual, but durable and ergonomic platform at $350-500, which would leave enough budget for a better cartridge and phono stage, such as an Ortofon 2M Blue ($199) and any number of $150-ish phono stages--Pro-Ject Phono Box, Rega Fono Mini, Cambridge Audio 640P, the NAD, Music Hall PA 1.2, etc., plus a pair of Audio Advisor's AudioQuest Blue Racer II interconnects between the phono stage and the receiver.
A used, but in good condition Denon 47F, with Denon 160 cartridge should do the trick. Of course, a pre-amp to match the 160, would also be needed and a used ProJect would be a good choice. Everything could cost $600. The best feature would be a fully automatic system that the 47F has, including the repeat feature. It does not get any easier then that. Being fully automatic, tons of money are saved in stylus replacements.
Thanks everyone so far. The woman that will be using this is in her late 70's, but still sharp. But as sharp as she is, it has to be simple to operate, as most of you have devined.

I'll be setting things up initially, and then let her rock and roll. Or at least roll.
A used Bang & Olufsen linear tracking table that uses the MC series cartridges. These are very aesthetic, ergonomic, and nicely built tables. If you're lucky and can find one, the Beogram 4500 even comes with a built in phono stage. New cartridge replacements are available from Soundsmith.

Doesn't require much in terms of set up. Insert the cartridge, set the VTF, and check the speed settings. Fully automatic operation for playback. If you find one with a serviceable cartridge you'll have more than enough left over for record/stylus cleaning accessories and a digital scale.
Knowing she's in her '70s, even though I'm a Technics SL12x0 fan, I say get an automatic, whether it's a good condition Denon DP47F or a new model Thorens. It'll take care of the stylus and the records, and she can focus on playing the music.