Age in Place With a Smart Home

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Age in Place With a Smart Home

As we get older, some things that used to come easy start to get a little harder. In some cases, this isn’t that big of a deal, as some of the slow-downs and other problems associated with aging may just be little inconveniences. In other cases, though, the problems that occur as we get older can make it more difficult to maintain an independent lifestyle. This can be a big problem for people who are used to doing everything themselves, as it creates a greater dependence on other people, and in some cases may even make it difficult to live at home alone.

Fortunately, there are a number of technological options which make it much easier to age in place at home. Advances in connected devices and smart home technology contribute to this significantly, with home automation going a long way towards helping aging adults stay safe, secure, and largely independent at home. Even better, they make it even easier for seniors to reach out for help if it’s really needed. As the specific needs of older adults can differ greatly, here are a few examples of how smart home devices can aid with aging in place at home.

Organize and Automate

Many smart home hubs take the form of virtual assistant hardware, such as those with Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. This can be a great benefit to seniors trying to stay sharp and keep up with various appointments and engagements as the digital assistant aids with keeping track of your calendar. Programmed routines during the day can provide prompts for meals, medicine, and any other recurring event, and appointment reminders make sure that important dates aren’t forgotten or overlooked.

Automation can also make sure that connected devices are ready when they’re needed and turned off when they aren’t. Routines for light controls, thermostat adjustments, and even appliances such as the coffee maker or air fryer can help to save on the electric bill while making life as convenient as possible. In many cases these devices can even be checked and controlled remotely to ensure that you never have to worry about whether something was left on.

Safety and Security

There are a number of smart home sensors that can help to keep older adults safe and secure while living on their own. Connected smoke detectors, leak sensors, and even window sensors help to ensure that alerts go up as soon as potential hazards or intrusions are detected. Smart door locks and connected cameras also provide protection against intruders and unwanted visitors while allowing easy access to family and others who are supposed to be at the house.

Another big benefit of having a connected smart home is that you can typically place calls to family, friends, or other emergency contacts without having to pick up a phone. In the event of an emergency, seniors can simply speak and ask a digital assistant to call an appropriate contact. By setting up a contact list with family members, emergency services providers, and others that might be needed, this puts any help that you might need literally just a call away.

Making Your Home Smarter

There are a lot of ways to upgrade a home with smart devices to make it a safer haven for aging in place. Depending on your needs and tech expertise, this can be a DIY job that gets everything automated and connected. If you aren’t comfortable with that, though, HomeKeepr can get you in touch the electronics pros that you need to get the job done. They can make recommendations, provide installation services, and may even offer assistance in setting up whatever routines or other custom programming you might need. Creating a HomeKeepr account is free, so sign up today and connect with the pros who will make it easier for you or your loved one to stay independent longer.




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Comments (10)

Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Yes technology is good. My concern is ever evolving artificial intelligence (AI). I truly don't want technology to know what I am doing in my home.  Right now the programmable thermostat works for me. 

Aug 10, 2022 05:53 AM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Good Morning to see your blog. Have a best day and great year.

Aug 10, 2022 06:11 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Shayne. For those who want to learn Moree about aging in place, checkout the courses offered by Steve Hoffacker through the National Association of Homebuilders. Excellent instructor. Enjoy your day. 

Aug 10, 2022 06:34 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Thanks, Wayne. I welcome the opportunity to talk about home safety, accessibility, and other aspects of remaining safe in one's home over time - an existing one or a future one.

Aug 10, 2022 05:19 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Steve Hoffacker - I was thrilled to read Wayne Martin comment to Shayne, "for those who want to learn more about aging in place, checkout the courses offered by Steve Hoffacker.  And then, I read your comment to Wayne and I immediately I went to your last blog post and was again impressed!!! If Debe Maxwell, CRS and George Souto reads this, I sure hope you would be invited to speak at one of their ZOOM classes. I would definitely sign up. As for now, I'm wondering how I could sign up for one of your classes through the National Association of Builders.  

Aug 25, 2022 04:06 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Some builders are starting to incorporate smart home devices for easier aging in place. Aging homeowners may want to call their Realtor, Shayne Stone, to sell their existing home and buy a home that is already more suitable for aging in place. 

Aug 11, 2022 04:48 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.   Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

Aug 12, 2022 06:48 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Aug 14, 2022 03:26 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Shayne - I have many of these smart devices in my two homes and I love it.

Aug 21, 2022 05:49 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Shayne Stone these days it seems we have more and more "Usernames" and "Passwords" to remember.  And lets not forget, "How Did I Set That Again" ....... LOL

Aug 21, 2022 01:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Shayne Stone - Reading your posts and comments are awe inspiring, helpful, useful, and so valuable. Please continue to do what you do best: educate, persuade, and inspire!!! I appreciate you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

You are so worthy of being FEATURED on ActiveRain and I don't understand why not???

Aug 25, 2022 04:09 AM