Home Automation Enables Convenient Living for the Elderly and Disabled

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by under Lifestyle, Monitoring, Personal Safety, Smart Home

Home automation lets you manage your household (lights, heating, cooling, locks, security system, etc.) through connected devices.

For many, it is an easy and affordable way to mange home security and energy consumption. For others, such as elderly and disabled persons, home automation can be the ticket to greater independence.

Eliminate your caretaker’s worries, and enjoy a safe and convenient lifestyle. Here’s how home automation can help.

Simplified Daily Life

For elderly and disabled persons, home automation features provide assistance in maintaining the home and keeping safe. When mobility is limited, taking care of simple tasks around the house becomes difficult. The following technologies automate and streamline everyday activities so you can remain comfortable.

  • Access control: Program your system to include names and unique codes for the people you’d like to have access to your home. This could be your family members, nurse or neighbor(s).
  • Remote access: If the doorbell rings, view a video feed to see who is at the door. If it is someone you know, you can unlock it right from the living room couch.
  • Automated timers: Find yourself rather forgetful of late? Set up your system to automatically turn on/off lights, heat, air conditioning and your alarm system, or to lock/unlock doors.

Improved Caretaker Oversight

Caregivers are an important part of an elderly or disabled person’s life—often coming to the home to offer support and assistance. Depending on the situation, this can be a time-consuming and worry-filled role. Home automation can help.

Not only does it allow you to keep an independent lifestyle, but it also allows loved ones to rest assured that you’re safe.

If you decide to give family members or caretakers access, they can view video feeds and security logs remotely to ensure that you’re okay.

In addition, the system can be programed to notify, not only you, but also family members in the event that an alarm or other pre-set rule is triggered. For example, you can place sensors on you medicine cabinets so that family can rest assured that you’ve remembered your pills each day.

These solutions make caring for the elderly or disabled an easier and more convenient process.

For more ways in which home automation can simplify your life, feel free to contact us or read our ebook: Smart Home: The Basics of Home Automation.

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