It’s no surprise that most elderly people want to stay in their own home as long as possible.
According to AARP aging in place studies, 90% of US seniors 75 and older would prefer living independently in their own home for as long as they can do so safely. Unfortunately, the realities of aging can make aging in place a challenge, but there is hope on the horizon.
Aging in Place Strategies for Seniors
From houses specifically designed for seniors to technologies geared at making life safer and easier, the helping seniors age in place market is booming! Smart home technology is one of those sectors, and in this article, we’ll discuss exactly how this technology (also known as home automation) can help a senior age at home.
In regards to home improvements that can help a senior age in place, check out this checklist from the National Association of Home Builders.
Smart Home Features that Help Seniors
Smart Alerts & Reminders
Home automation alerts can be set up to send text and email reminders to monitor activities of daily living and critical events. Smart wellness features utilize live sensor data and algorithms to set routines and identify abnormalities and emergency events.
Here are a few Wellness Solutions that can be set up with Alarm.com:
- Nighttime Falls
- Sleep Patterns & Sleeplessness
- Sedentary Lifestyles or Wandering
- Odd & Erratic Eating Habits
- Infrequent or Excessive Bathroom Activities
- Medication Adherence
Furthermore, a home automation system can be set up to automatically close the garage door if left open, arm the security system at night or when occupants leave, turn lights on and off automatically to help deter would-be burglars, and an array of other independence enhancing features that improve safety and comfort.
Smart Video Systems for Senior Homes
Being able to pull up live streaming video, at any time, is one way caregivers can keep an eye on an elderly parent. Have you ever called a senior, not gotten an answer, and wondered if everything is ok? Smart video lets you check on everything right from your smartphone.
Sadly, seniors are taken advantage of every day in this country. Having cameras can also help to make sure your elderly parent isn’t exploited by a service person or mistreated by a hired caregiver.
Don’t Forget Traditional Security and Monitoring
Fire detectors alone might not be enough to help an elderly person escape a burning building. Having a monitored alarm system that immediately calls for help could mean the difference between life and death for an elderly person.
Contact Butler Durrell Security to learn more about how smart home features and a monitored alarm system might help to allow you or an elderly citizen age in place.