Advances in technology have made life easier in many ways. They allow us to feel safe in our homes, keep us on task, and even monitor our health and behaviors. Intelligent devices help the eldery to maintain some level of independence while allowing caretakers to live with less worry. Security devices help both ourselves and our loved ones feel confident that they are safe and secure. Environmental sensors, including automated stoves, can send out alerts to caretakers in the event that something is about to go wrong. Let’s explore options on the market and ways that they can keep the young at heart in their homes for as long as possible…
Wifi-Integrated Monitoring Devices & Security Systems
There are quite a few web-connected monitoring devices on the market that were created specifically for the eldely. These can be in-depth and include their activities, insight on their health, messaging services, and email access allowing you to connect with them at your leisure. If you choose to have a home automation system installed, you will be able to monitor your loved one’s home with cameras and/or motion sensors. This will bring you peace of mind as you will be alerted if doors are left opened or unlocked, windows are accessed, and if there is movement in the home when there would not otherwise be.
Lighting Controlled by Your Voice
Falls can be scary, often coming with severe consequences. For the elderly, 90% of hip fractures are the result of falling. While it is not possible to eliminate the risk, there are a few precautionary steps that you can take to that can reduce the environmental factors that are known to cause falls– this includes improper lighting. When turning on the lights requires navigating through a dark room, it can be quite dangerous especially for elderly whose eyes are naturally changing and reducing their visibility. Because seniors are more likely to perform sight-intensive tasks, they need more time for their eyes to adjust from light to darkness and vice versa. By integrating smart lighting systems in your loved one’s home, you can make life a little easier for them. At SimpTech Solutions, we can use the existing wiring from traditional light switches and dimmers and replace them with smart lighting controls. This allows us to group lights together based upon the homeowner’s needs. You can also choose to add the voice-controlled package that works with devices like Amazon’s Alexa which allows your loved one to simply ask for lights to be turned on. This keeps them from fumbling through the dark and reduces the chance of a fall or injury.
Benefits of the “If This, Then That” Programming
Our team of smart-home installers can link multiple devices onto a single home automation system and then program it to send out alerts if it is triggered at certain times of the day or in the event that an issue occurs. Lets say your loved one leaves their door unlocked overnight, we can program the system to send you a notification. Their heating and cooling may be set to adjust to current weather conditions or according to the rising and setting of the sun. Security lights can be set to come on when the night falls so that it isn’t one more thing they have to worry about remembering. If the homeowner has trouble hearing, we can program the lights to blink when someone rings the doorbell. We can also install a video monitor so they can see who is at the door before they open it.
The Future is Smart
Technology is constantly advancing. You can expect to see more innovations to assist the elderly and bring their loved ones peace of mind. Until then, there are plenty of existing smart home features you can have installed to keep them happy at home longer.
SimpTech Solutions offers a full-range of services from audiovisual system design to installation and support. We have industry-certified AV system integrators on staff who are well versed in all the latest technologies and functional design.
About SimpTech Solutions
SimpTech Solutions operates as a residential and commercial electronics systems design and integration firm to deliver simple, flexible, and feature-rich technology solutions for customers across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Why Choose SimpTech Solutions? Because we listen to you! Once we fully understand what you want, we can put together a solution to fulfill all your needs and your greatest desires.
- Guidance – The knowledge to educate you on the latest technologies available and discuss how they might benefit your lifestyle.
- Personalization – The skill to create or upgrade an electronic system that is uniquely yours.
- Convenience – All work from design to installation to user training is done for you. We handle all the details to bring you a great end result.
- Integration – The expertise to unite several separate electronic components together so they function as an easy-to-use cohesive system.