Most people think of millennials whenever the term smart home is mentioned. But did you know smart home technology that is user friendly can also benefit aging and senior Americans. Voice commands, temperature controls, automated lighting, and health monitoring units are some of the smart features that can be integrated in custom home to help seniors age in place.
Aging in place is the ability of a person to live in their houses in their own terms and preferences as they grow older, in some cases with the help of assistive technologies or caregivers.
Life expectancy is rising. The World Health Organization says that the number of 85 year old seniors will nearly quadruple to 395 million until 2050. Harvard University’s The Joint Center for Housing Studies also estimated that one third of the households in the U.S. will be headed by at a 65- year old by 2035.
Innovative technology plays an important role in assisting seniors in living comfortably at home while giving their loved ones with peace of mind. Adults who are at least 50 years old want to know more about smart home devices and technology and how they could offer safety and convenience, the American Association of Retired Persons said. They are particularly interested in home security technology such as sensors for window and door monitoring, door cameras, and other smart appliances.
Top Smart Custom Home Features For Seniors
More and more owners of custom homes Myrtle Beach who have children and seniors are installing smart thermostats. They let you set it and forget about it. Just set it up according to your preferences and that’s it. You can control the temperature remotely using a smartphone. It’ll be easier for you to make the necessary adjustments. In case your parents would like to increase the temperature, they can
If your older family member is living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you’re probably worried that they will leave the lights on or keep the oven or stove on. By adding an appliance monitoring system when you build a custom home, you can turn the appliances off, manually or remotely, and notify you in case an unusual activity has been detected. You can connect your smart lighting to your wifi at home so you can control it using your smartphone app. There are smart blinds that could function through smartphone for elderly parents who are already having problems with their reach or balance.
Smart Speakers and Smart Assistants
Siri, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are popular smart assistants. They are changing the regular households, by doing tasks via voice commands, from scheduling meetings, sending a text, and even reporting the sports score. Smart assistants could help seniors with many things such as:
- Sending texts
- Making phone calls
- Shopping for the home
- Accessing entertainment
- Having a personal assistant in the kitchen
Smart Refrigerators – These are high tech appliances that can tell how what type of food and how much food are in the fridge, along with their expiry dates.
Smart Door Locks – You can also add a keyless smart lock to your door. It can easily be activated using a digital code. You can control them through your smartphone.
Home Security – Security is one of the top priorities even for aging homeowners because they can easily be the victim of home invasions or robberies. There are various home security you can choose from.
Medic Alert Tech – Personal emergency response systems (PERS) is an emergency button that’s portable. All you need to do is press a button to call for help during an emergency.
Call Dawol Homes now if you’re thinking of building a custom home and you want to have smart home features to be installed for your aging family member.