With the way the world has changed over time, there have also been technological inventions that cater to making life simpler and convenient for us. Infrastructures and urban developments have also played a major part in simplifying life for us, in terms of faster commutes to work, school, and access to basic necessities.
Although in the US assisted living and nursing homes for the elderly are quite common, there are a lot of elders that prefer to live in their own homes. That is because home is where anyone is the most comfortable. It’s not always easy to move into a nursing home, living among strangers and on a fixed routine – nor is it an easier decision to make for our elders. A lot of emotions are involved.
Smart home technology has been around for the last few years and though we hear about how great it is to automate your home, and make even the most mundane of tasks easier, there isn’t a lot of attention paid to how smart home technology can help support living standards for the elderly in our society.
Here are some of the best smart home devices for elderly people.
Security is always something of concern especially if our parents live in their own home. So how do you make sure they’re alright? You can’t keep calling every other hour to check in on them, they could be busy and so could you be. Smart cameras are the best thing to help in this case, for both yourself and your elders.
Smart cameras are available in wireless versions as well as wired ones and are very easy to set up. The video feed (in HD just by the way) is accessible from our mobile devices through their designated mobile applications. So if you were to watch over your parents from afar, this is how to do it for their safety and for your peace of mind. And it’s a great way for the elders to watch over their home too while they’re away.
Regular video doorbells usually have an intercom with a screen that must be answered if the doorbell rings. Smart Video Doorbells on the other hand allow you to get a full view of who is outside and answer the door from your phone. So why is this a great device for an elderly person’s home? They won’t have to walk to the door or intercom every time the doorbell rings. They can see from their tablets or smartphones who is outside and converse from their seat. It also saves them from getting scammed and provides as a safety measure too.
Smart lights have been around for quite some time but they recently became a domesticated household product after being widely used commercially. Smart lights can connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and have their own mobile applications like all other smart home appliances, by which they can be controlled from anywhere, anytime.
To have smart lights installed around the main areas of an elderly person’s home would be a game-changer. It makes it super convenient for them to switch their lights on or off, whether they’re in the next room or even outside their home. No need to worry about going back to the kitchen to turn the lights off when they can easily do it while cozied up in bed.
Some smart lights even feature motion sensors, so they light up as they detect any motion. Don’t worry about your parents and grandparents finding their way to the kitchen at night! These lights will automatically light up their way.
There are a lot of smart home devices and appliances that would be ideal to install or have in an elderly person’s home. You can check out First Energy Home’s website and search through an entire catalog of smart products that would be a great addition to your parents’, grandparents’ home. After all, age shouldn’t be a factor that doesn’t allow you to be comfortable in your own home. Smart devices can assist them in so many ways, allowing them the ease of convenience and comfort, and you the peace of mind that there is a way to watch over your family from afar.