Simple, Smart Solutions for Aging In Place
For many seniors, staying in their own home for as long as possible is a priority, but it can be a worry for their families. Whether you are planning for your own future, or considering relatives who are in need of assistance now, the lastest technology can help aging adults stay in their homes safely, while providing family members with peace of mind.
Here are key things to consider before investing.
1. Eliminate Obstacles
Getting up in the middle of the night, fumbling for light switches, trying to adjust hard to reach blinds, making unnecessary trips up and down stairs to check the furnace or answer the door. These tasks are the leading source of falls and injuries for aging adults. Modifications including automated lighting and automated shades can help eliminate obstacles that make homes unsafe, while offering benefits such as energy savings. Consider features like Occupancy Lighting, set to automatically turn on the lights when you enter a room and turn off the lights when you leave; and lighting and window shades that are pre-programmed to adjust throughout the day and evening.
Security Systems today are not just for protecting the perimeter of the home. Many of them also incorporate monitors for the HVAC system, water (flooding) sensors, fire and CO2 sensors. Front door cameras can be easily installed and viewed on any touch screen (including automatically popping up on the television screen) eliminating unnecessary trips to the door. Additionally, remote entry control, allows you to provide access to caregivers or visitors without having to provide keys.
The added bonus is that the security system can be monitored remotely. This allows caregivers or family members to manage all of the home’s systems (including adjusting the thermostat) from anywhere in the world.
3. Keep it Simple
While there are a variety of one-off technology solutions flooding the market today, it is worth investing in an integrated solution.
With an integrated system, you can operate everything from the two-way security monitoring to the volume on the television, all from one device. Imagine eliminating multiple remotes and replacing them with one simple, intuitive control panel operated from your choice of handheld device, ipad or even a phone. The best part is that you can access and monitor one integrated system remotely when you, or other family members are away.
The most important step you can take before you invest is to speak to a professional who understands both Senior Living needs and the technologies available. They will meet with you to assess the needs of your family, the living space itself, and the way you use your space everyday.