Smart Technology in the Home

Smart Automated Homes are certainly on the increase and often seen as a luxury for the tech savvy or those with a high disposable income, the constant new development of devices and solutions, products becoming simpler to use and install and more economically viable means Smart Technology in the home is more accessible.

The Care Sector And Assisted Living

One sector where automation is creating real change and benefit is within assisted living in the care sector. As people are living longer and in some cases developing dementia or other age related or mobility challenges, the demands on our system to look after our older population increase dramatically. There are a number of technologies available that can enable aging or infirm loved ones to maintain a higher level of independence whilst both the individual and carer/relative can be confident of their comfort and safety.

How Can Technology Help With Assisted Living?

There are plenty of devices and solutions available, some designed specifically and some that can be adapted.

Most people agree that where possible our older relatives would like to stay in their own homes as long as possible, it’s good for their wellbeing but can leave us feeling worried at times. Whilst there’s CCTV and Spy Cams, it’s somewhat invasive and no one wants to give up their privacy. That’s where non intrusive, passive monitoring comes in. A system that can learn and check simple behaviour patterns and notify a carer/relative when there’s a variation.

  • Motion sensors

Motion sensors around ‘risk’ areas such as stairwells or bathrooms where falls could be more common can pick up unusual activity and notify someone who could phone or call round to make sure all is ok.

  • Smart sockets

Smart sockets can show when regular use appliances are being operated and alert carers if they haven’t been used for a while, or if the refrigerator door is left open, or the oven left on – some can be controlled remotely.For those with visual impairment or memory loss, audible reminders are invaluable.

  • Motion and contact sensors

Motion and contact sensors can sound an alert when they detect doors have been left open. They can be set to timers to remind the occupant when medication needs taking, visitors are expected, appointments and anniversaries or even if the bins need putting out, etc.

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For those with hearing impairments there are visual aids to alert them to sounds they may otherwise miss. If there’s someone at the door, maybe the lights will pulse or flash. This can be colour coded too, maybe the phone is ringing or the smoke alarm is triggered and different colours can signify different situations.

Is Technology User Friendly For The Elderly?

Often, older people aren’t comfortable with technology and so voice control and/or an easy to use interface is also vital. A tablet that is pre-programmed with simple buttons can be an invaluable tool to manage the system and keep in touch. Why not programme it with a selection of music and favourite programmes with room settings so that your loved one has everything to hand.

Speak To Our Home Automation London Team

If you’d like to find out more about assisted living and how to automate or install some safety/security features into your elderly, your friends or relatives homes, please contact our home automation installation team using the form below:

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