Aging at Home for the Elderly or Disabled
ManageMy Group working with the Aging at Home
Home and building automation technology can provide major benefits for the elderly or people with certain levels of disability. Indeed, automation can significantly help maintain or enhance independence and improve the quality and safety of the user’s life, either in their own home or in a care home environment.
A senior citizen who might benefit from assisted living would be someone who does not need the intensive care of a nursing home but, instead, maybe companionship and some assistance in their day-to-day living. Maintaining a level of independence is important for the elderly as it both helps preserve and promote a more active life and prevents a decline in confidence and ability to look after themselves.
For disabled people of all ages, who may be restricted by their physical capabilities, assisted living can help them live more independent lives, without requiring the constant assistance of a carer. This can go a long way, therefore, to bolstering their status and feeling of overall well-being.
Assisted living technology also provides important benefits for care providers, whether they be family members or professional care staff. For example, automation makes it far easier to remotely monitor the well being, safety and environment of the person under their care. It also relieves the carer from being in constant demand for helping with the simplest tasks such as controlling lights, heating, blinds, or operating the TV or entertainment system.
Meeting Special Needs with Special Services and Solutions
Clearly, when it comes to designing a system for assisted living, it is essential to have an understanding of the limitations, impairments or disability of the user to ensure the system is designed around their specific condition and circumstance.
A potential user might have poor motor control, a tremor or lack of ability to apply pressure to conventional buttons or switches. In order that they can more effectively control their environment, we can provide specially designed user interfaces and controls that take into account these types of disability or impairment. Automation can enable certain functions to be carried out without the need for physical operation of room devices. For example, tasks such as turning on the lights or adjusting room temperature can be controlled by sensing when the user enters a specified area.
Home Automation can carry out safety tasks such as ensuring electrical sockets, gas or water is turned off under certain conditions, perhaps through a time-clock,a presence or absence detector or when a fire or flood detection alarm is activated.
Systems can include automatic call for assistance via telephone messages, text, email or alarm sounds.
The user can monitor and control access to their home with a door entry system and web cameras, as well as see inside and outside the home for security and peace of mind.