Assisted living facilities offer an appealing solution for many seniors, but smart home automation can make independent living comfortable and help with the everyday tasks of home management.
From smart thermostats and light switches that respond to the sound of your voice to refrigerators that restock themselves, stock up on these smart devices to keep you or your loved one in your home for longer using your internet connection.
Here are some of the gadgets you should consider:
Door locks and security systems
Smart door locks and security system technology is at the forefront of the independent living initiative. It’s the top tool to protect your home and give your family peace of mind. A smart security system allows your family to monitor entrance activity to your home, so they’ll always know you’re safe. Smart door locks let you lock your door no matter where you are. Give multiple security codes to caregivers and family members so you never have to worry about leaving spare keys or being away when visitors swing by.
Most smart doorbells come with video surveillance, speakers and microphones for added home protection. Communicate with visitors from anywhere inside of your home to let them know that you’re available and on your way to greet them. If you’re hearing impaired, set up vibrational alerts on your smartphone so you’re always alerted when someone’s at the front door. In case of suspicious activity, view and record visitors at your door from your smartphone or tablet.
Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators
Your smart refrigerator keeps track of your grocery list and delivers it to a participating grocery store near you. When you’re ready to see what you have on-hand, view the inside of your refrigerator from an app on your smartphone and receive notifications if your refrigerator needs maintenance.
Automatic stove turn-off devices
Have you ever wondered if you remembered to turn the stove off after you’ve left your home? Home automation technology could be your solution. Automatic Stove turn-off devices come with a timer, motion sensors and an automatic shut-off feature to ensure that your kitchen equipment powers down when you want it to. Set a time limit of up to 40 minutes, and your stove will automatically power down for your safety and convenience.
Automatic medication dispenser
You rely on your medications to keep you at your best. Automatic medication dispensers can ensure all of your medications are taken on schedule and according to the doctor’s orders. Your dispenser alerts you or your family of missed medications and even provides your physician with detailed reports regarding your medication activity.
Smart home hub
Living on your own is simple and convenient with a central smart home hub to command all of your smart devices. Sync your smart thermostat, entertainment system, light switches and more to your smart home hub to connect all your smart devices to a central all-in-one unit. You’ll be able to control all of your technology from the comfort of your living or bedroom. Also, easily give your family quick access to all your smart devices whenever they come to visit.
Enhance the quality of living in your home with a thermostat that learns from your behaviors and gives you remote access. Conveniently pre-program your smart thermostat for when indoor or outdoor temperatures reach a certain degree and save money by tracking your energy consumption as you go. Many Smart Thermostats use easy-to-read LCD touch screens for effortless use, while standard thermostats can be confusing or difficult to read. Access your Smart Thermostat using your smartphone or connect to your smart home assistant for voice-controlled use.
When you’re ready to head out the door, losing your keys can be frustrating. Now you can locate your keys and other essentials you misplace using your smartphone or tablet. Most key finders come with a two-piece system: one that attaches to the items you lose track of the most and one to keep on your person. Attach the device to your keys, the remote control or your wallet or purse.
Smart light switch
Don’t worry about fumbling around your home in the dark. Control the lights in your home using timers or voice commands with the help of your smart home assistant or via an app on your smartphone. These devices not only help shine a light when you need it most, but they can also help cut energy costs and promote home security while you’re away.
Health monitoring sensors
Remote health monitoring is a non-invasive, cost-effective method to receive healthcare services from the comfort of your home. Wearable health monitoring sensors communicate physiological data directly to your healthcare providers in real-time. Monitoring sensors can be worn in a variety of accessories to track heart health, exercise activity, chronic conditions and more.