How smart home technology is giving independence back to the disabled and elderly

For people with disabilities or mobility issues, installing smart home technology into their homes can make their everyday lives easier and more accessible so that they can live independently.

Every day chores such as switching on a light can be nearly impossible for some and because of these issues, it makes disabled people and the elderly unable to live alone.

More often than not, there is no need to purchase a specific disability device in order to perform daily tasks, as we can install a range of smart home technology that will transform living environments dramatically. Smart home automation is about making our lives easier and some could say is fun and a luxury to a household however, it can in fact be life changing for people living with a disability or the elderly who may have mobility issues.

Here are just a few of the ways in which smart home automation can benefit the lives of the disabled or elderly:

  1. Voice activated smart speakers

Installing voice activated smart speakers are a great starting point as they act as a virtual assistant, allowing control of the devices across your home. You can do anything from turning on your television, turning on the radio and switching on your lights.

This is the perfect solution for individuals who have disabilities that affect their hands and movement such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

  1. Smart lighting

 Integrate the lights with your automation system so that you can control the lighting across the home with either your voice or a smart device so that you are able to control and manage the lights in every room from one central place. For example, for people with mobility issues, you don’t need to move around the house to control each light switch in every room.

  1. Automated blinds and curtains

We can install automated blinds and curtains so that they can be open and closed via a smart phone or device. To make it even easier, we are even able to schedule them to open and close at certain times of the day, so you really don’t have to think about it at all.

  1. Smart doorbells and intercoms

Installing an intercom and video system that is integrated to your smart automation system allows you to see who is at the door via your smart phone or device. You don’t need to move from where you are in the house, you can even talk to them through the device which is incredibly helpful if you struggle to move quickly and need to let them know you are on your way to the door.  Add in a smart locking system that will allow you to unlock and lock the doors as you wish from your smart device.

This smart device can be carried around with you so you have one central portal where you can manage and control your whole home.

These are just a few different ways in which smart home automation can support independent living but there are so many more and we confident this really does improve and change people’s lives for the better.

Get in touch if you have any questions and are interested in installing some of this incredible smart technology into your home.