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TroveStreet® Wisdom: Using Smart Technology in my home

Aging in place is the ability to live in the home and community of our choice safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of our age, income, or ability level. Smart home devices, appliances, and technologies help us do just that —even with mobility challenges and other health issues because it allows for many types of automation that, after set-up, take little or no effort on the part of the resident.

With people living longer and wanting to remain living in their current homes, there is an abundance of Smart Home devices to choose from. Only you know what devices might work best for you. Determining what devices to select is dependent on your comfort level with technology, openness to use of an item, finances, and Internet reliability.

For instance, Voice-Activated Assistants allow you to converse with natural language processing software to activate, ask and have your questions answered. These smart home assistants can make purchases if connected to a payment-enabled account, dictate the news and weather, set timers in the kitchen, and control other smart home devices like lights, television, and more. If you have someone shop for you, you can tell an automated assistant in a smart device to add items to your shopping list via voice command, and the shared list will be instantly updated in the shared app.

They can also:

  • Set automatic reminders for daily, weekly or monthly tasks and events like doctor appointments and reminders to take medication. 
  • Place outbound calls in the event of an emergency.
  • Receive voice-activated first-aid instructions.

Wearable fall sensors automatically send an alert to a loved one’s smartphone when they detect that the user has fallen. 

Door sensors send alerts when a person leaves the home, in case there are concerns for wandering. Motion sensors alert you of activity outside your home.  Smart cameras help homeowners easily see who is at their door. These cameras can also be placed within the home for family members to temporarily check on an aging loved one.  Smart locks provide the ability to manipulate a lock remotely and grant access to a home from an authorized mobile device. This means an emergency care provider, neighbor, or first responder can enter a locked home without having to physically damage the property.

Smart lights can be programmed to turn on in the front hall and on the porch when the resident pulls in the driveway with their smartphone.

For concerns with forgetfulness, Smart pill dispensers help ensure medications are taken as prescribed and feature locking mechanisms that prevent theft or accidental overdoses. Smart appliances like oven ranges, refrigerators, toaster ovens and microwaves offer a variety of features to ensure safety, such as turning off a burner or oven and tracking expiration dates for perishable items, and monitor if someone is not eating enough.  

Bottomline, if there is something you find difficult to do (or you no longer wish to do it), there is most likely a device to assist you and using smart technology helps you live safely and comfortably in your home.

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