How Can Home Automation Help Older Adults
As we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to remain independent. Fortunately, many automated devices for the elderly allow you to make your home more comfortable and secure and let your family be immediately alerted and intervene if necessary.
The usefulness of automated senior living systems
Without wiring, automated senior living systems are now easier to install and use. They work through a simple Internet connection that allows, when the slightest problem is detected, to warn the family. Another advantage is that they can be programmed and controlled remotely.
Automated devices for the elderly are also less cumbersome than before, such as watches or automatic motion sensors to detect falls.
Note: Home automation is the set of techniques that allow to control, automate and program the home.
Automated teleassistance for the elderly
The most straightforward automated teleassistance system consists of a pendant or a computerized bracelet to be worn. In the event of a problem, a simple touch is enough to alert family members or a call center. An activity tracker can also be added to detect a possible problem and allow the wearer to be located. Others include additional features, such as heart rate measurement like in automated watches, which are becoming more and more common. Some work only by voice command, others like traditional computerized watches. An emergency call function is added to immediately contact the emergency services or a designated person. Various functions specific to seniors remind them, for example, to take their medication or find their way home in case of memory problems.
Without a pendant or watch, other automated telecare systems use a network of wireless sensors placed around the house. Some of these systems analyze movements to detect a possible fall, while others analyze the door’s opening to know when the older adult leaves and returns home. Room temperature sensors, smoke detectors, etc., can also be added. A central unit integrates and analyzes the data and alerts in case of an abnormal situation.
There are also automated floors whose sensors detect falls, changes of habit, or even trace a light path.
Home automation systems for the elderly
Home automation systems allow elderly and dependent people to remotely control the various equipment in their homes and program automated actions that limit unnecessary gestures. The detection of the passage thus avoids turning on the lights. At the same time, another automatic system opens the windows at the specified time to ventilate and then closes them, or more quickly in case of bad weather.
The information transmitted by the different detectors and accessories (cameras, alarms, etc.) is also analyzed to alert, via SMS or email, an external person in case of need.
The home automation system for the elderly is generally scalable and can be upgraded with new equipment depending on possible dependencies.
The limits of automated objects
Automated devices can always be hacked since they are automated to the Internet, as their name indicates. It is better to choose systems with encrypted data and whose information is stored in a secure cloud to protect yourself as much as possible.
These automated senior living facilities constantly improve and diversify, but their price tends to rise accordingly.
Automated senior living prices and outlets
You’ll find automated senior living products in some home improvement stores, specialty stores, and the Internet. Prices start at $50 for a simple automated telecare pendant and more than $500 for a complete home automation system.
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