Can Smart Homes Help Seniors?

According to the Huffington Post, Baby Boomers are living longer and are drinking the proverbial “fountain of youth” and living longer than ever before. In fact, Americans are living three decades longer now than they did a century ago. Boomers are not just living longer, they are living better, feeling more youthful than their predecessors and remaining engaged, active, and fulfilled.

In “Increase Longevity BEFORE Retirement!” I mentioned that people are living much longer AFTER retirement!

With that in mind, many older folks are considering aging in place instead of moving to retirement homes. Many of them are remodeling their current homes.

HomeAdvisor.com says there are things you can do to upgrade your home to age in place such as:

  • Adding Grab Bars
  • Adding a Ramp to Home Entrance
  • Increasing the Widths of Doorways
  • Adding a Bathroom to Ground Floor
  • Adding Lever-Handled Doorknobs
  • Changing Flooring to Prevent Injuries
  • Moving Master Bedroom to Main Floor
  • Lowering Electrical Switches
  • Adding a Lift on the Stairs
  • Installing Higher Electrical Outlets

If you decide to age in place or purchase another home, it might be helpful to turn your home into a smart home.

What Is A Smart Home?
A smart home is a home that’s equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer. Home automation deals with syncing household devices and systems with schedules or responsive sensors.

According to HomeAdvisor.com there are several candidates for home automation:

  • Interior and exterior lighting
  • Alarm and security systems
  • Door and window locks
  • Pool, hot tub and steam bath temperatures
  • Home theater systems and speakers
  • Phone and Internet lines
  • Yard irrigation
  • Thermostats
  • Shades, blinds, shutters and curtains
  • Turning off or lowering water heaters and HVAC functions
  • Detecting water and gas leaks

OPB.com says that Smart Homes let the elderly remain independent longer. Many elderly or disabled people could stay in their own homes longer if they had some type of monitored living arrangement.

Smart homes are being designed with comfort in mind.

A place for Mom says “Motion sensors, energy monitoring units, smart thermostats and wireless light switches are designed to maximize personal comfort, increase energy efficiency and decrease electricity and heating expenses.”

You can have your home hardwired, wireless or a combination of both. A smart system usually covers lighting, security, heating and cooling, irrigation, home entertainment and appliances, etc. and you’ll have to pay for materials and labor.

Do YOU have a smart home or are you considering it? Please leave a comment!

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