Smart Security and Home Automation – Seniors Living Better
Smart home automation technologies are more advanced and offer more features than ever before. This is great news for aging and active seniors who are looking for ways to manage their busy lives and make their homes more convenient and livable. Today’s technologies are a powerful way for seniors to enhance their independence, safety, security, and awareness while allowing loved ones to stay in the loop.
Seniors Want Tech that Enhances Independence
Indeed, we all understand that our abilities change with age. That does not, however, mean that life has to be full-stop when you are 65 or older. In fact, for many, it is just the next chapter of an epic adventure. Because of this, many seniors want smart security and home automation technologies that support a very active lifestyle.
Home automation is perfect for enhancing an active lifestyle. Here are a few of the many examples:
- Manage home systems such as lights and HVAC systems from anywhere.
- Remote access to locks and alarms to let in service providers while traveling away.
- Simulate occupancy to deter crime.
- View the live video to make sure pets are safe while you attend functions.
- Access live video before entering the home to be sure everything is safe.
- Get activity alerts for increased safety.
- View and talk to those that come to the door even if you are not home.
- Loved ones are reassured everything is safe and fine.
More Seniors Want to Stay in Their Own Homes
When the time comes a person needs more assistance, smart home security and automation is a game-changer. Even though senior-living communities are more modernized, specialized, and resident-focused than ever before, 90% of seniors report the desire to stay in their own homes as they age, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Today, with expanding security and automation technology options, there are more tools than ever to help that happen.
Technology Can Have Profound Results
Most people have the desire to grow older without moving to a healthcare environment. Today, there are many astounding ways technology can help make that happen.
- Sensors. Discreetly placed sensors can help family members and caregivers gain information about their loved one’s daily activities. For example, if they are not getting up from their bed, the medicine cabinet, or opening the refrigerator, it may mean that something is wrong. It can also help remote caregivers know that their loved one is keeping a normal schedule, getting enough sleep and exercise, and more.
- Video surveillance. Tapping into video surveillance cameras allows the family to check in on their loved ones remotely. Caregivers can watch their loved one’s activities to monitor safety so that they can make adjustments to daily living as necessary. Having the ability to check in remotely also limits the number of hours an in-house caregiver is needed.
- Door sensors/alarms. Having sensors and alarms on the doors can alert loved ones to unusual activity or wandering. Alerts can warn caregivers of dangerous activity, such as leaving in the middle of the night.
- Automated lighting. Automating lighting can help reduce rip and fall accidents by using sensors to illuminate trouble areas and having lights turn off and on without having to navigate a room in the dark.
- Remotely unlock the home. With automated locks, you can lock and unlock the doors remotely to ensure the doors are locked at night or to let in caregivers or other household helpers.
- Smart doorbells. Using smart doorbells means that your loved one can answer the door without having to get up. It also means that you can answer the door for them, so others never need to know that they are alone.
- Temperature control. With a smart thermostat, caregivers can ensure that their loved ones do not experience the health dangers posed by extreme temperatures.
We face many issues as we age, such as mobility, but home smart home technologies bring a host of effective and economical solutions to the table to keep our loved ones in the home of their choice longer.
If you have questions about home security and automation or how to use these technologies in a more assistive capacity,
Call Security First Alarm King today at 559-734-7761.