As we age, safety and security tend to become our number one priority. But aging in place isn’t always easy. That’s why many seniors are turning to smart devices to help themselves and their loved ones feel more secure at home.
Smart Devices for Seniors
Smart home devices can be an invaluable asset and an extension of your in-person support network. We all need a support network—mental, physical, and emotional—but this need becomes particularly pronounced as we get older. We start to encounter more issues with vision, hearing, stability, strength, and memory, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to give up on independent living. That’s why having in-home smart devices can be such a boon for older adults. These devices include built-in speaker systems, cameras, smoke and CO2 detectors, locks, lights, and so much more.
The best part about smart devices is that they can be controlled from almost anywhere in the house using voice commands. If there is a smart speaker device in the same room, you can use your voice to control the system effortlessly. Alternatively, smart devices can be operated remotely using an app. The app can be used by anyone with the owner’s permission. This effectively allows other members of the support system to check on the home and their loved ones inside.
Say, for instance, that you’re away from home on vacation but are concerned about the security of your home. With smart devices like exterior cameras, a smart lock, and a smart security system, it’s incredibly easy to look in on the house, review security footage, and check the lock. Or maybe you forgot to set the alarm system before leaving. Well, with a remotely accessible security system, you can easily program the alarm from wherever you are.
With smart speakers and voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, you have total control over your home, just using the power of your voice. You can use voice assistants for simple, everyday tasks like playing music, compiling a grocery list, or calling your children. You can set alarms, look up recipes, and even set up scheduled reminders for your medication.
When pairing your voice assistant with other smart devices like smart bulbs, you can even control the lights. With smart lights, you can turn the lights on and off with a simple voice command or the press of a phone button and even program the lights to follow a pre-programmed schedule.
Another incredible innovation in smart home devices is the smart thermostat. Using your remote device, you can easily adjust the temperature to suit your preference. That means no more waiting for the air conditioning to cool the house down when you return from out of town or fumbling with the thermostat in the middle of the night.
Aging may not be for the faint of heart, but smart devices can make it easier. To operate smart devices in your home, all you need is a little patience and a working high-speed internet connection from S&T. Don’t miss out on all the opportunities and benefits home smart devices can provide.