Smart Home Technology for Seniors: 13 Different Systems

Did you know that you can use to use smart home technology to improve the quality of your life at home as you get older!

Life gets more and more challenging as we get older.

Here are 13 specific ideas as to how you might go about using next-generation Independent Living (IL 2.0) smart home technology systems for seniors to improve your life during the aging process.

#1: SENIOR FRIENDLY FIXED OR MOBILE PHONE

There is a myriad of both wired and wireless senior-friendly fixed or mobile phone options available on the market.

These low-cost devices are worth considering as you enter the older senior section of your life – in other words when your eyesight loses a little of its attention to detail and your ear capacity drops a couple of decibels.

#2: VIDEO INTERCOM OR SMART DOORBELL

A video intercom is great for your house because you can see who’s at your front door before you open it.

Smart Home Independentl Living Video Intercom
Source: ‘Smart Homes For Aging Adults’ book

#3: PERS, PERS, PERS!

Installing a PERS will give your family peace of mind that you can connect with authorities, family & friends when you need help.

Smart Home Independentl Living PERS
Source: ‘Smart Homes For Aging Adults’ book

Older models that feature a pendant with a large button linked to a phone line are starting to get replaced with more sophisticated PERS models that support features such as automatic fall detection and connectivity to the Internet.

#4: SMART ALARM

The installation of a smart home alarm system will increase your peace of mind and security levels at home.

#5: SMART SMOKE ALARMS

The installation of smart smoke alarms increases safety levels by providing you with an early warning of fire.

#6: SMART LEAK DETECTION

Water can originate from a number of sources ranging from leaking pipes or refrigerators.

Smart Home Independentl Living Flood Detection
Source: ‘Smart Homes For Aging Adults’ book

Once integrated into your house a water alarm system will shut off the mains water supply and send you warning alert.

#7: SMART LIGHTING

Installing a basic smart lighting control system in your home will augment your existing safety and security levels at home.

Occupancy sensors can be used to automatically turn lights on when you enter a room and off when you leave.

So lights are not left on for hours at a time, thus cutting back on your monthly electricity bill.

#8: SMART ENERGY CONTROL

The IL 2.0 paradigm supports a number of energy-saving devices ranging from motion sensors and wireless light switches to smart thermostats and energy monitoring units.

#9: SMART IP CAMERAS

IP cameras allow you to view live video images on your smartphone. Additionally, they can be configured to record live video when an alarm is detected.

#10: ACTIVITY DAILY LIVING (ADL) SYSTEM INSTALL

An ADL system will help you age in place by continuously providing key information to your loved ones and caregiver.

#11: USE WEARABLES

People nowadays are turning to various types of electronics and associated smartphone apps to help them lead a healthier and more active life.

#12: USE SOCIAL MEDIA

The social element of life often gets diluted as we get older. IL 2.0 technologies such as tablets and apps can provide aging adults with easy access to a range of social networking platforms.

#13: MULTI-ROOM ROCK N’ROLL

Multi-room music systems are typically controlled via a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, which is more expensive to buy and support a ton of features!

They can be configured for instance to gently wake you up in the morning by playing your favorite Internet radio station through your bedroom speakers.

Click Here to learn how to use technology to improve the quality of your life at home as you get older!

ICT professional, author, serial Internet entrepreneur, investor, and of course, a smart home enthusiast!

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