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How Can Smart Homes Help with Assisted Living?

By 14th July 2020 No Comments

We are lucky to live in an era when technology is increasingly designed with practicality and usability in mind, in order to add real value to our lives.

In terms of smart home technology, we’ve moved a long way from ‘flash gimmicks’ to ‘convenience and solutions’. When it comes to assisted living, smart technology is proving to be an incredibly powerful tool in helping people live safer, more comfortable and independent lives within their own homes.

Most houses are unfortunately unfit for purpose when it comes to accommodating the needs of elderly or disabled individuals. Our homes are supposed to be a place of sanctuary and comfort, not inconvenience. That’s why it’s so important that smart home systems such as Loxone are making leaps and bounds to facilitate assisted living.

Here are 4 reasons why Loxone home automation can help with assisted living.

Passive Monitoring

Remaining independent at home is key to the wellbeing of older people. If you have an elderly relative who lives alone, you might worry about them having an accident and being unable to alert help.

The problem? Nobody wants to feel like they’re constantly being watched and checked up on, even by well-meaning family members. Rather than opting for invasive cameras or active monitoring devices, smart home technology has the ability to be far more covert and respectful of privacy.

Passive monitoring technology detects simple behavioural patterns and notifies a family member or care provider if something is out of the ordinary. This means family and carers are only alerted if something is unusual, rather than tracking absolutely everything.

Does your loved one make a cuppa every morning without fail between 7-9am? If the kettle isn’t used within a certain time frame, a notification can be sent to you. Does your mum or grandad sometimes forget to turn appliances off? The Smart Socket Air can be remotely controlled from an App so if something is left on by accident, a carer or relative can turn it off from afar.

There are a host of passive monitoring applications available for a variety of needs. Whatever your concerns are, we’re happy to have a chat and discuss the options available.

Audible reminders

Audible reminders are particularly helpful for those who may have a visual impairment or a degenerative condition such as Alzheimers. Using the same motion sensors mentioned above, a pre-recorded voice prompt can be played when a resident moves into a certain area. For instance, a kitchen-based voice prompt could remind someone to switch off the hob after they’ve made dinner.

What’s more, the audible reminders don’t have to rely on motion sensors – they can be set up to activate at certain times of the day. Does your loved one need a reminder to take their medication? A voice prompt can give them a nudge at exactly the right time.

There are countless ways that audible reminders can be used to give our relatives a helping hand – even if it’s just birthdays or putting out the bins! The beauty is, they can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Visual reminders

Visual reminders are particularly useful for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Smart lighting is a hugely important home automation tool and can be used for a host of reasons.

Perhaps the resident struggles to hear the doorbell and risks missing visitors or deliveries. Rather than constantly hover around the front door, they could instead wait for accompanying flashing or pulsing lights whenever someone knocks or rings the doorbell.

RGBW LED tape also provides an inexpensive way to enhance functionality, as it changes colour depending on the situation.

Is the baby stirring upstairs? The light could flash blue.

Is the smoke alarm sounding? The light could flash red.

Is the phone ringing? The light could flash green.

The possibilities are endless. With a few simple installations, we can solve a multitude of problems.

Improvements for residents with limited physical ability

Daily tasks that so many of us take for granted can be a challenge for people with physical disabilities. The use of smart technology can be a key tool in making life a little easier.

Fully-automatic lighting, for instance, is designed to automatically switch the lights on or off when a resident enters or leaves a room, removing the need to manually stretch and flick a switch.
Those who are unable to move around freely and spend more time in a stationary position can be particularly sensitive to temperature and feel the cold more easily. Thanks to zoned heating technology, we’re able to ensure comfortable, automatically-adjusting temperatures in each room without having to dial up a thermostat on the wall.

For full peace of mind, we can install an access control intercom. This enables residents to see and interact with visitors at the front door and let them in, directly from the app or a conveniently placed switch on the wall. This minimises the need to move around the house if physical mobility is compromised. The technology can also track who has entered the house and when, including carers.

These are just a few examples of how smart home automations can help with assisted living. If you have any questions about how we can help you or your loved ones, contact us and we’ll be more than happy to chat through what we can do for you.