Smart Home Technology Helping Senior Citizens to Stay in Their Homes.
As appealing as today’s senior citizens communities may be for many people, some senior citizens just prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. The reasons to remain at home may be practical or sentimental, but for many, a significant support network must be put in place to help this happen.
Smart Home Technology can help more senior citizens live at home, without 24/7 assistance, for longer. For instance, todays technology can provide remote control of everything from televisions to lighting, heat and air conditioning, shades, even door locks. Some of the advances in technology developed for the older generation include a panic button that the client can carry with them around the property. When pressed, lights flash, the phone rings, a text message can be sent to request help and others can immediately know something is wrong,”. Systems can also provide location tracking and remote monitoring to detect a problem if a person can’t signal for help.
Let’s explore the main benefits of home automation systems for seniors living alone:
Benefits to Home Automation
Comfort and safety – Avoid walking up stairs to adjust lighting, heat or air conditioning with remote control of all home technology systems through an iPad, tablet, smartphone or voice control.
Peace-of-mind for caregivers through remote monitoring – In addition to being able to check in on their loved ones remotely via cameras and monitor the comings and goings from the home, caregivers can also receive alerts if no motion has been detected in the house.
Remote locks and scheduled access codes provide greater security – Locks that can be controlled through a smartphone or tablet allow family members to unlock the door remotely for a neighbour or emergency personnel. Managing and scheduling access codes for home health care and other visitors makes it easier to leave loved ones home alone, knowing locks will open for those with authorised access, even if a loved one can’t get to the door easily.
Water and fire alerts help ensure a loved one’s safety – With added components, many home automation systems can turn off water if a leak is detected or alert the fire department automatically in the event of a fire.
Is a Home Automation System Right For You Or Your Loved One?
The choice of home automation products depends on the buyer’s needs and budget. Fortunately, robust systems are now more economical than ever, although a greater level of customisation carries a higher price tag.
Many people think that adding a home automation system to their home means they need to be tech-savvy, but with the right system it’s the exact opposite. Systems can be programmed with one big button that’s easy to find and takes care of routine tasks, such as turning off all the lights before bed once the person is safely in bed. You can automate almost any home system so that people can continue to live independently.
One of today’s popular home automation systems may just play a role in keeping a loved one in their own home longer, if that’s their desire, while providing the caregiver with greater peace-of-mind.
For more information on how Smart Home Technology can provide a secure and easily controlled environment contact TechHom today.
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