Today we begin a series on home automation for the elderly. There are many new automation gadgets and systems that not only improve the way the elderly live but also allows for a level of safety that previously was not possible.
The form of home automation that is specifically for the elderly is called assistive domotics and it focuses on making it possible for the elderly and disabled to remain at home as opposed to being placed in a home. Scientific studies have shown that when an elderly person can live in their home they tend to flourish. Often times we hear of elderly who take a downturn after being placed in an assisted living home, not to mention the extremely high costs of doing so. Home automation is becoming a viable option for the elderly and disabled who want to stay in the comfort of their homes keeping their independence.
The home automation systems for the elderly offer a number of benefits to both the elderly and their family members. Security, entertainment, and energy conservation are all aspects of having a home automation system but the assistive domotics systems is tailored for the elderly and disabled.
With this new technology, a little creativity, and a lot of thinking home automation systems make it possible for the elderly and disabled to live by themselves. This is a huge concern today because of our aging population in the United States. According to the US Census Bureau it has been projected that by 2017 23% of the population will be 65 or older – 23%! This aging population has brought to light a number of real-time needs that we didn’t anticipate in terms of care. Today home health care has sky rocketed, the cost of assisted living facilities has tripled and although the elderly are still aging, they are more cognizant than ever before. Developing home automation systems for the elderly is the common sense approach to solving many of these concerns.
The creation of a “smart home” for the elderly takes into account a grand number of issues from medicine taking to the dangers of falling. Smart homes can be a hub of information and communication technology that can then communicate through a local network that includes family members and doctors.
Smart homes can provide both the elderly and disabled with many different types of emergency assistance systems, security features, fall prevention, automated timers, and alerts. These systems allow for the individual to feel secure in their homes knowing that help is only minutes away. Over the coming weeks we will take a look at the specifics of this type of home automation system and offer some simply solutions as to how you might make it possible for your elderly family members to live in the comfort of their own home.