Becoming a Senior can be a time for greater opportunities and less responsibilities. The only impediment may be the medical and physical problems that may arise as one gets older. Nevertheless, some adults are faced with the feeling of insulation, loneliness, decreased independence, and oftentimes depression. Smart Living Solutions can give seniors some of their independence back and provide ways to decrease those feelings of insulation and loneliness. For their families and caregivers it can give peace of mind knowing that they have additional assistance they need. At the same time, their well being is monitored without requiring a great effort to do this.
Stronger Bonds with Family and Easier Communication with Caregivers
Easy communication is critical for seniors to decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness, as well as to create stronger bonds with their family. For the caregivers it can give peace of mind knowing that they can be easily reached by the seniors at anytime.
Communication today is based a lot on texting, especially as far as the younger generations are involved. For the elderly, dealing with small screen mobile devices and little buttons is a big inconvenience.
The following solutions are much more convenient for seniors:
- Hands-free voice calls initiated by a voice command
- Sending and receiving text messages by voice (you dictate your message and the reply is read out to you)
- Voice activated video calls that can be seen on a bigger screen
- Photo sharing through devices with screens
Communication is particularly important when you need help. The most convenient solution for seniors is just to ask for help by voice. The request can be sent to a preset group of caregivers. They can instantly connect to check out what’s happening and provide whatever help is needed.
Reminders and Feedback to Caregivers
Memory problems can be one of the more common issues for seniors. It can get critical when it’s related to health issues like remembering to take medications on time. Here Smart Solutions can help by providing voice reminders.
A Voice Assistant can also ask for feedback from the senior and report it back to the caregiver. In this way the senior doesn’t forget, and the caregiver has the feedback that everything is good. An additional benefit is that by helping the senior manage their own calendar of events by voice, this gives her an additional level of independence.
Easier Operation of Your Home
While Home Automation can be fun for everyone, seniors, especially those with mobility challenges, will find it makes their life very much easier. Such Home Automation features may include the following:
Lighting, Temperature, and Blinds Control
There are a number of ways, the senior can easily adjust lights, open or close blinds or adjust the thermostats in their home:
- By Voice Command – commands can apply to a single device or a combination of them. So a “Good Night” command can bring the entire home to a night mode. In this mode, all the lights are turned off, the blinds are lowered, and the temperature is brought to a certain level.
- Based on occupancy – lights can turn on or off based on whether there are people in a room. Similarly the temperature in a room can be adjusted when people are in the room.
- By some Preset Logic – for example based on time, like turning on a low light in the living room at 6pm.
Entertainment Media Control
When it comes to watching TV or listening to music, it usually involves multiple complex remote controls with many tiny buttons. These are very often a challenge for anyone, but even more for seniors that will likely find them hard to operate.
Operating the TV or playing music by voice command can make such activities much easier. You can also ask for the weather or news.
Safety and Security Around the Home
Home Security involves a number of issues when related to seniors:
- The senior must feel safe at all times in their home
- Caregivers should be getting alerts when something suspicious happens so they can call to check or take action
A Video Doorbell can give the senior the feeling of security by seeing who is behind the door. You can then talk to him from anywhere in the house before opening the door or even getting close to it. In some cases it might be appropriate to allow a caregiver to receive an alert about someone at the door and handle it, or call for help if needed.
Video cameras located around the house that are viewable by caregivers can also give the senior a safer feeling knowing that someone is taking care of them.
Reliable and Secure Solution
For the senior to be able to benefit from the above solutions and for the caregivers to have peace of mind, it’s critical that these solutions function well at all times and are stable. For that to happen, a good and stable WiFi network is critical. Another important factor is to secure the home network from attacks by hackers. TechieLiving always takes care of these two aspects as a priority to establish a good solid foundation for the various functional solutions mentioned above.
We Make it Work for You by Any Means
While our solutions are technological ones, you don’t really care about the technology. You just want it to be the right solution for you. You want it up and running with no hassle, and have an easy way to get help if you need it.
We take a holistic view of our clients so as to ensure your full satisfaction at all times as we work together. We always begin with the big picture, a 360 degree view of your life situation and your needs. Only after that do we consider the appropriate technology. We identify Smart Technology Solutions that best fit your life. We design and implement it as a well-integrated and easy to operate solution.
Thereafter we stay connected to help and support you as needed. We will re-evaluate the changing conditions of your life and new developments in the technology market. Based on that, we will suggest enhancements to your solution. By doing so, we keep your technology aligned and up to date to best address your needs.
Aging in Place or Residing in a Senior Living Home
The above description of Smart Living technology applies when you wish to continue to live in your long-term home. Some describe that as Aging in Place. This technology is equally applicable if you are a resident in a Senior Living Home. In this case, there are three groups involved and all can benefit from Smart Living technology. In other words, there are the senior residents, their caregivers and family, and the operator of the Senior Living Home. This is described more fully in the page for Solutions for Senior Living Homes.