Independence, safety, and peace of mind…these are all benefits to seniors with home automation technology. As technology advances and more seniors are trying out home automation there are reports that many seniors report that it helps maintain their independence by giving them control over their living space. An added benefit for concerned family members is the ability to reach out for help in the case of a medical emergency. Standard home automation features for seniors should include:
• Remote access
• Motion detectors
• Temperature sensors
• Broken glass detectors
• Flood sensors
• Heat and smoke sensors
Seniors should also have an easy-to-use touchscreen device and a smartphone app so that they can:
• See who is at front door without having to get up and look
• Send immediate request for specific help such as medical, police, or fire department
• Control interior and exterior lighting
• Regulate and automate the thermostat
• Remotely turn on and turn off the alarm system
• Change security codes
• Set reminders and alerts
• Watch real-time video of camera-monitored areas outside the home
While there are home automation system companies who have folks who will monitor these systems, it’s not truly necessary in today’s high tech world. Why pay some stranger to watch mom or dad when a family member can do it with a monitor that stays with your senior. These state-of-the-art home health security products are small, portable, and can be worn around the neck or as a wristband. They are waterproof and have long-range capability with the ability to alert you to a problem right ways as well as offer the senior a chance to call for their own help.
Senior-driven home automation services allow elderly customers the convenience of speaking with trained emergency response personnel over a two-way voice intercom system that can be integrated throughout the home and monitors that are specifically geared towards monitoring slip and fall situations. Temperature sensors can also be installed that send alerts if the house reaches unsafe temperatures, cold or hot and reminders to test the personal help button to ensure it is working properly.
These are just a few of the things that a new home automation system for seniors can do. There are other gadgets being invented every day that add to these systems.