For parents and grandparents, having a little extra help can allow them to enjoy their independence for many years to come. Smart home automation can improve the quality of life for elderly relatives and allow you to help take care of them, even when you cannot be there in person.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, during the past year, 65.7 million Americans (or 29% of the U.S. adult population involving 31% of all U.S. households) served as family caregivers for an ill or disabled relative. Smart Home Technology previously thought of as a far off technology or only for the wealthy, is now available to the average consumer allowing them to increase the safety and security of their homes giving peace of mind to those caring for elderly, sick or disabled relatives.
We would all like to be able to care for our families on a 24/7 basis however the realities of today’s lifestyle with balancing your 9 to 5 and taking care of kids, simply does not allow us to be everywhere, always. However, with smart home technology you can achieve peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved ones are safe, comfortable and well protected.
Smart home technology lends a helping hand for those who wish to remain independent in their own homes. Video Cameras can easily be monitored by family members, emergency buttons can be installed allowing emergency services to be notified if needed even if your loved one is unable to speak.
You can also make certain that your own home as well as that of your loved one remains safe while your away. Smart devices can send push notifications to your phone if smoke, carbon or even water sensors are triggered. You can raise or lower thermostats with the push of a button to ensure your relative is comfortable. And you can control lighting remotely to make certain your relatives are safe as well as saving them money.
Smart home technology can also be used to detect trips and slips and also to check to see if your loved ones are getting enough sleep, eating, drinking properly and taking their medications. Being able to track movement ensures your loved ones are ok and allows you to track care givers arriving and leaving on a timely basis. For your relatives with hearing problems, a smart doorbell can be connected to your lighting system which will flash to let them know when someone is at the door.