Considering smart home devices to help take care of our elderly or disabled loved ones? Wondering what technologies are actually worth it?
The first step to taking action is identifying the help we need, and then deciding what devices can help us achieve that.
#1 Keep Them Safe
Putting safety first and foremost is always a good idea. We need help ensuring the safety of elderly or disabled family members who are alone at home. Smart home cameras are a good place to start.
Related: How to keep the elderly safe at home
Smart Home Cameras
With the security camera installed at the house, if they fall and can’t stand on their own, you can see it on your phone. Reassure them that you have seen it and that help is on the way. With the two-way audio system, you can also hear what they have to say.
Now, there are cameras that are smart enough to detect some parts of a location and not others. You will therefore not be alerted by unnecessary notifications.
With the smart doorbell, they can see who’s at the front door and open it without having to go outside.
If there’re scammers or people soliciting senior people in your area, you can also screen the visitors for them to ensure their safety.
Motion Sensor in the Bathroom
Motion sensors for lighting would be a great idea from a fall prevention perspective. Going to the bathroom at night without light can cause some bad falls since they don’t see where they are going.
Now your senior or disabled family members won’t have to fumble for switches in the dark. The light turns on automatically when it detects motion. Within 10 minutes after the last motion, the lights dim to 50% brightness and then go out.
#Keep Them Healthy
It’s best to leave the medical stuff to the professionals. One thing we can do, however, is set up a reminder on a smart device if they’re forgetful and inconsistent with their medications.
Smart Pill Box
With smart pillboxes, they will receive reminders whenever it is time to take pills.
For you, you can track their medication adherence over time.
Also, you will receive notifications when pills are running low and receive alarms for pills that are not in the pillbox. With this, you will have ample time to pick up the pills from the pharmacy.
#Keep Life Easy
Automating as many things as possible around the house will make their lives much easier. This is especially useful for people with mobility issues.
Voice Controlled Window Shades
Using voice-controlled window shades, they only need to speak out what they want to do instead of going to the window and pulling the shades manually.
Lighting can be almost completely automated. You can set schedules that correspond to sunsets and sunrises.
Robot Vacuum Cleaner
For the elderly or handicapped, cleaning the floor can be difficult. A robotic cleaner can come in handy. By using voice control or setting on the app, the vacuum cleaner can start and stop cleaning automatically. You can also schedule the time when the vacuum cleaner should clean.
Smart Key Finder
The tracking of items like keys or remote controls would be helpful if they have cognitive problems and are likely to lose things.
People who need crutches to walk and have problems making fine movements with their hands may find Apple Watch to be very useful. It can make a major difference in the quality of life.
They can easily change songs, check messages, or view maps with only one hand, not having to take the phone out of their pocket.
Apple Pay means they don’t have to fumble with coins, notes, or cards from the wallet while juggling crutches.
The Apple Watch also has a fall detection feature. If they suffer a fall and an SOS feature is enabled, their emergency contacts will automatically be informed.
For most people, the Apple Watch is still pretty optional, but for the disabled, it can completely change their lives.
For people with limited mobility and the elderly, smart home technology can make daily tasks easier. Automating the house is only going to grow in the future. Keeping your primary needs in mind will help you decide on what smart gadgets to buy. Make sure to only purchase items you need the most and are worth the money.
Don’t forget to check out our blog post about the best home automation ideas to get inspired for your smart home project in 2022!