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Home Automation: Simplify Your Life as a Senior

Thanks to home automation, partial or full loss of mobility need not be a daily hindrance. Loss of mobility in any way, shape or form takes some time to get accustomed to, but there a number of ways to make your life simpler, and automation certainly is one of them. 

Getting in touch with the latest technology can be quite a daunting thought for many, but there is so much available to the ageing community that it is an opportunity missed if it is not embraced. Whether you’ve applied for the help of short term restorative care, or rely on the help of a loved one to manage daily living, you can simplify your daily tasks and maintain your independence even further with these various home automation systems, so that you can get back to living your life to the fullest.

Smart lighting

Even the smallest of tasks can become difficult once mobility is lost. If you’re in a wheelchair, or your arms do not have the range of movement they used to, simply turning lights on and off can be a frustration. Luckily, smart lighting is no longer a future thought but a present reality. Smart light bulbs, which look just like regular light bulbs, allow you to set various times at which the bulbs turn on or off according to your schedule, or simply turn them on or off manually via your smartphone. Philips is currently one of the leaders in smart light bulb innovations, and offer a number of solutions to meet consumers’ needs.

Medical alerts

Getting help in a medical  emergency is often a worry for seniors, particularly for those who live alone. Fortunately, there are many medical devices available – to suit a variety of budgets – which can detect unusual activity and send out an alert to friends, family and even an emergency response unit. From smart watches to standalone devices that connect to your home Wi-FI, there are a number of options to suit your needs. Finder, provides a comprehensive outline of the variations available, as well as their average price. A number of pros, as outlined by Finder, include the following:

  • Alerts in case of an emergency
  • Numerous wearable options
  • Affordable varieties available
  • Monitored plans which come with 24/7 support
  • Subsidies available from the NDIS, health insurance or other government programs

Smart temperature control 

When the weather is being temperamental or the seasons are changing, it can mean putting layers on, taking them off, and constantly fiddling with the temperature control on your air-conditioning unit to get a comfortable temperature in the house. If your mobility is limited, this can get rather frustrating if you depend on someone else to make these changes for you. With smart temperature control, you can adjust the temperature of one room, or the entire house via your smartphone or a central, portable device. 

Whether you’d prefer to set the air-conditioning to increase or decrease the temperature automatically at certain times of the day, or you’d like to adjust it manually via your smartphone as you please, smart temperature control simplifies your day-to-day while you maintain your independence. Most air-conditioners are programmable, while some more recent ones are able to learn your behaviours and adjust accordingly. According to Smart Home Works, they can “learn what temperature you prefer based on your habits and preferences. It can learn when the house is likely to be occupied and when it’s going to be empty.”

Home automation today has become far more accessible to the general population than it used to be. And while the technology may seem futuristic and difficult to understand, it is in fact far simpler than many of us would expect. Designed to make our lives easier, smart light bulbs, smart medical alerts and even smart air-conditioners are in fact perfect ways to ensure you’re able to manage everyday life in comfort and with ease.


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