For people with disabilities, living independently can become daunting. Whether a person has memory or loss, dulled senses, or a lack of mobility, smart homes have opened the door (literally and metaphorically) for many people with disabilities to get their independence back.
For someone with mobility impairments, something as easy as turning on a light switch can be difficult, painful, and even impossible. With the Alarm.com app and smart switches, any light or lamp can be turned off and on from a phone with just a press of a button. The app can even be linked to Alexa so lights can be controlled by voice command. Lights can be rigged with dimmers as well to help those who are sensitive to light.
Lights can be set up with motion sensors and timers. If, for instance, someone needs to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, the light can automatically come on when they walk into the room. Timers allow the lights to be on a schedule which can make the house appear inhabited at night to scare off burglars or help a person with disabilities start their day.
Just like the lights, the Alarm.com app can connect to the thermostat. It can be set on a timer, controlled from a phone, and commanded by voice. For those who might have difficulty knowing when their home is too warm or cold, the thermostat can be controlled remotely by a family member, or it can be set to keep the temperature at a certain range.
Doorbell Cameras and Smart Locks
A doorbell camera allows a person with poor mobility to see who is ringing without actually having to go to the door. This can be helpful in shooing away sales people with two way voice or accepting deliveries. In tandem with a smart lock, someone can see the visitor and accept them into the house without moving.
There are many kinds of sensors that can help with home automation and alerts. Especially for those suffering from dementia, it’s not uncommon for the sink or even the gas to be left on. Leak sensors can be installed to alert and even automatically turn off perceived leaks.
Sensors can be put on beds and in hallways to alert a family member if someone didn’t get out of bed or start their daily routine. These sensors are especially helpful when someone with a disability wants to maintain their privacy and won’t allow cameras in their house.
There are many ways to automate homes these days. For the disabled who fear losing their independence, smart home technology can be invaluable. Are you or one of your family members struggling with disability? Contact PowerTechnics for a free consult about your options. Consider getting Safetylert, a button that you wear around with you in case you fall and need help. It has two-way voice communication with the monitoring center, and it can be GPS located.