Smart Home Technology Helps Seniors to Live Independently Longer
Most of us, at one time or another, have thought about where we’ll end up living in our twilight years. Will we be able to care for ourselves as we grow older? Will we have to move in with our adult kids or be sent off to the nearest retirement home? As age-related challenges catch up to us, the thought of moving from the family home and losing the ability to live independently can be the cause of great anxiety. But thanks to advances in smart home technology, it doesn’t have to be.
Home automation and smart security technology is enabling seniors to maintain their independence longer, staying in their own homes where they are most comfortable in lieu of relocating to senior living or retirement communities. Smart homes provide older adults with emergency assistance systems, security, automated household functions and alerts, which helps seniors feel more secure and confident about living on their own.
Their extended families will feel more at ease too, experiencing the peace of mind that comes with being able to monitor their loved-one’s activity around the clock. Smart technology like Alarm.com’s Wellness security enhancement provides a cost-effective 24/7 safety net for elderly adults and their caretakers.
With a smart security system, seniors won’t have to feel vulnerable or unable to protect themselves at home. In the event of an intruder, not only will a security alarm sound to deter a break-in, but police will automatically and immediately be notified. You’ll have emergency response for fire and medical emergencies as well.
Monitoring & Alerts
Intelligent sensors placed throughout an individual’s home can track and learn the occupant’s daily activities over time, allowing family members and caretakers to monitor their loved-one’s activity, including how much time is spent in bed or away from the home. If anything out of the ordinary occurs, like the occupant leaving the home at odd hours or spending more time in bed, real-time alerts are automatically sent to caretakers.
Automate Household Functions
Home automation technology can also help to simplify routine tasks around the house. Schedules can be employed to automate lights, thermostat, locks and more so that aging loved ones don’t have to remember to turn lights on or off every day, lock the door or set the most comfortable room temperature. Caregivers can even remotely check on these functions and make adjustments as needed through mobile apps.
As you age, stay comfortable and safe in your home with smart home technology that makes independent living accessible at any age.