One of the amazing benefits of the connected home movement is the explosions of smart home accessibility. For those who live with physical challenges, home automation can be life changing.
Most of us find controlling our thermostats, lighting, and door locks through our phones both neat and convenient. These tools allow us to streamline our lives. But for others, specifically the elderly and those with physical challenges or disabilities, smart tools open up accessibility and personal autonomy in an enormous way.
For aging adults, smart devices provide increased safety through monitoring and reminder services. Smart tech can help you remember to turn off appliances and take medications, but it can also reduce the likelihood of activities that could cause lost balance or falling. Smart tech can also increase caregivers’ abilities to easily check in with video monitoring and inexpensive webcams, which can be customized to suit a range of lifestyles. Gear like iControl Networks’ Piper NV offers a 180 degree view and night vision, making it easy to check on aging parents who might fall in the middle of the night.
Because most smart home products can be operated through a smart phone or tablet, those with physical challenges can use apps to adjust their heating, set lighting schedules, and manage their home security. When your mobility is limited, being able to control these abilities from a single point isn’t just convenient—smart home accessibility can be the difference between not having the energy to do something and living comfortably.