Smart-Home Devices for Seniors to Maintain Independence

Posted on: February 15th, 2022 by hhmin

As technology continues to advance, everything around us keeps getting smarter and — more importantly — easier to use. One place that’s making a huge difference is around the house, where smart-home devices are making everyone’s life more enjoyable.

 

This blog post will take a look at some of the available senior smart devices and show how they can help you live a more convenient, efficient, healthy, and safer lifestyle.

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Smart devices make it easier for seniors to maintain their freedom and independence while providing peace of mind for themselves and their families. Although we haven’t quite attained the ease and convenience enjoyed by the Jetsons, today there are robot vacuums and smart speakers, lights and locks, and more. Please note, in general, you don’t have to be tech-savvy to use these devices, but you may want some help setting them up.

 

Convenience

Turn your home into a voice-activated marvel that allows you to feed the dog, make a call to a friend or family member, or turn the radio on with just a few words.

  • Smart-home hub: These devices use Alexa, Siri, or Google Home to set up timers, reminders, or calendar events, or to listen to music, hear  the news, or get updates on weather and traffic. They also allow you to connect your smart-home devices together. So you can use voice control for your television, light, thermostats, locks, doorbells, security cameras, and more. 
  • Robot vacuum: Put away your upright vacuum and let one of these devices autonomously navigate your home’s floor plan. Robot vacuums are capable of moving around and underneath furniture, reaching dust and dirt in tough-to-clean spaces.You can even instruct the vacuum to clean when you’re not at home. They usually can be controlled remotely using a smartphone or your smart hub.
  • Smart pet feeder: Here’s an easy way to automatically dispense the same amount of pet food and water every day. 
  • Smart outlets: These are one of the most economical and simplest ways to convert your home into a smart home. Connect a lamp or a coffee maker to a smart plug, and you’ll be able to control and schedule these devices through your smart hub or phone.
  • Smart kitchen appliances: With your phone or smart hub, you can preheat your smart oven, change the temperature and turn it off. Smart refrigerators provide an easy way to set timers, create lists, and track expiration dates for perishable items. 
  • Smart clothes washer and dryer: Track your wash and dry cycles, monitor energy usage, and be alerted when dryer ducts start to become dangerously clogged. 
  • Smart air filter monitor: These air filter attachments can alert you when your heating and cooling systems are at risk of clogging, which produces poor home air quality, higher energy bills, and is the leading cause of heating and cooling system failure. 
  • Smart leak detector: Placed in your water pipes, a smart leak detector monitors for changes in water pressure and usage that can indicate a running toilet, water heater, outdoor hose or faucet, and sends an alert to your phone. 

 

Savings

Installing smart devices can be a good way to cut down on costly utility bills by allowing you to monitor your energy usage. Some smart devices can even learn from your habits to help save you money.

  • Smart-home thermostat: Control your home’s temperature directly from your phone, tablet, or smart hub. If you’re returning home and you want to turn on the heat  beforehand, you can do this directly from your smartphone, allowing you to come back to a nice warm home. Some types of smart thermostats will learn your heating habits and start to program themselves. They can also sense when your home is empty and turn the heat down, helping reduce unnecessary energy usage. Plus, you can check your energy history to see how much you’ve used.
  • Smart bulbs: These can be controlled via your phone/tablet, as well as through a smart hub, allowing you to turn your lights on/off with your voice. That way it can help prevent you from tripping over objects in the dark. Plus, you can set it up to turn your lights on and off at particular times throughout the day. Smart bulbs are also long-lasting and use 80% less power than an incandescent bulb. 
  • Smart water heater: Remotely manage your water temperatures and monitor energy usage with a smart water heater.

 

Health

Today’s technology can help you stay motivated and remind you when you need to do things like take medication or go for a walk.

  • Smart pill dispenser: Good for managing multiple medications that need to be taken at different times throughout the day. Just load your medications and program them to be dispensed and available according to the prescribed schedule. Some smart pill dispensers even have locking mechanisms that prevent theft or accidental overdoses.
  • Activity trackers: Today’s wearable trackers for seniors can count steps and calories burned and audit sleep patterns. Some even have tracking features like heart rate monitoring and offer battery life that lasts a whole year without recharging.  

 

Safety 

Smart devices are a great way to create a safety net around your home, giving your family members peace of mind knowing you’re safe and secure. 

  • Smart doorbell: When someone rings the smart doorbell on your front door, it will stream the video footage directly to your phone or tablet, allowing you to identify who’s visiting. You can also speak to them via a two-way microphone.
  • Smart locks: These pair well with smart doorbells because they can allow you to lock and unlock your doors remotely using your smartphone or smart hub. If you have visitors who come over at specific times, you can also schedule your door to unlock automatically before they arrive. Some models can be paired with other phones so a trusted friend or family member can get inside without a key.
  • Smart indoor camera: Many indoor cameras feature motion sensors that start recording the moment they detect any movement, so you can be notified with an alert on your phone. You can also control some cameras through your smart hub. 
  • Smart garage door controller: This smart device allows you to open and close your garage door with your phone whether you’re at home or traveling.

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