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Smart Home Security Can Allow disabled loved ones to live Independently

Many older adults are choosing to live independently in their homes well into their silver years. Families who are deciding whether or not aging in place is appropriate for their loved one may express some legitimate safety concerns about this arrangement. More and more, these families are turning to technology to help their loved ones lead independent lives in the comfort of their own homes. Smart home technology is often a simple, set-it-and-forget-it solution for families with aging loved ones. These systems allow for your loved one to remain safe and secure in their own homes, even with mobility impairments.

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Smart security systems can be a lifesaver for older adults with a variety of physical needs.  These internet-controlled products are simple to install and require little maintenance, giving you the peace of mind you need to know your loved one is safe at home.  

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Your Loved One’s Physical Safety

Adults aging in place have a unique set of safety concerns in and around their homes. Smart security systems and locks can provide your loved one with the extra support they need to continue living safely in their homes. How so?

  • Loved ones with arthritis, who have had a stroke, or who suffer from other physical impairments may struggle with manual locks and deadbolts. Smart locks allow older adults to lock and unlock their doors with the touch of a button.
  • Some older adults with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or memory loss may forget to shut or lock their doors and windows. Smart security systems can be accessed by trusted family members, allowing them to lock up remotely.  
  • Many intelligent security systems and intelligent locks enable the visitors to be assigned unique access codes to your loved ones’ home, helping you easily track who is coming and going from their home.
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your Loved One’s Comfort

Older adults choosing to age in place may find that their homes aren’t as comfortable as they once remembered. Many loved ones struggle with everyday tasks, making smart home technology a perfect solution to their daily home security needs.  

  • Vision and hearing loss commonly impact older adults, making it difficult for them to hear their doorbells. Smart doorbells can be an inventive solution for aging adults who want to live at home, allowing them to see and speak to potential visitors from a smartphone or tablet app before letting them remotely.  
  • Blinds are often an understated but critically important component to home security. Loved ones may need to adjust their blinds frequently throughout the day to maximize light in the home and reduce glare, or to have privacy from their neighbors. Smart blinds can be controlled easily from an app, so your loved one doesn’t have to fiddle around with strings or knobs.  
  • Good lighting is critical for aging adults to prevent falls. Your loved one may benefit from smart lighting around the home to turn lights on and off easily as well as dim them to their personal needs. Many smart lights also integrate into full smart home and intelligent security systems, making them a perfect addition to ensuring your loved one can age gracefully at home.

Ensuring

your Loved One’s Comfort

Older adults choosing to age in place may find that their homes aren’t as comfortable as they once remembered. Many loved ones struggle with everyday tasks, making smart home technology a perfect solution to their daily home security needs.  

  • Vision and hearing loss commonly impact older adults, making it difficult for them to hear their doorbells. Smart doorbells can be an inventive solution for aging adults who want to live at home, allowing them to see and speak to potential visitors from a smartphone or tablet app before letting them remotely.  
  • Blinds are often an understated but critically important component to home security. Loved ones may need to adjust their blinds frequently throughout the day to maximize light in the home and reduce glare, or to have privacy from their neighbors. Smart blinds can be controlled easily from an app, so your loved one doesn’t have to fiddle around with strings or knobs.  
  • Good lighting is critical for aging adults to prevent falls. Your loved one may benefit from smart lighting around the home to turn lights on and off easily as well as dim them to their personal needs. Many smart lights also integrate into full smart home and intelligent security systems, making them a perfect addition to ensuring your loved one can age gracefully at home.

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Your Peace of Mind

For caregivers and loved ones of an older adult, worrying can feel like a full-time job.  You may live in constant fear that they will fall ill or get hurt. Smart home technologies are helping the families of aging adults breathe easier by allowing them to check in on the home frequently.

  • Video surveillance systems can be installed in an aging adult’s home and monitored remotely, helping you rest easy knowing that your loved one is being closely monitored with video and/or sound recordings.
  • Worried your loved one may trip and fall?  There’s an app for that.  Some smart home technologies can be installed in each room and will constantly scan for motion.  Specifically designed to sense falls, these devices will call a trusted loved one or emergency services if they recognize a fall.
  • Ensure your loved one never misses an appointment by setting up a smart hub with a virtual assistant in their home.  Many of these can have alarms, appointments, reminders, and other information set in them to provide your loved one with the information they need.  As an added bonus, they can use these devices to look up information they need, play music, and more.
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Smart home technology allows for family aging in place to live with a greater sense of freedom and confidence.  The staff at Beverly’s Daughter are committed to helping you and your loved one transition into this next stage of your lives.  Contact us for resources and information!

Signs Of Memory Loss

As caregivers and concerned family members, we want to make sure our elder loved ones are healthy both physically and mentally. Memory loss is very common amongst older adults, but not a ‘normal’ part of the aging process. We want to identify memory loss early so it can be treated effectively, and in some cases, reversed.

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Role Reversal: When Kids Become Caretakers

If you have an aging parent, It’s likely that you’ve already begun to help your parents in ways you’ve never had to before. Maybe you’ve begun to manage paying the bills, driving mom to doctor’s visits, or helping dad out with yard work that he just can’t do anymore. This process of role reversal is called “parentification,”  and it describes the dynamic wherein children assume more and more responsibility and control over their parent’s lives, eventually acting as parents to their parents. While confusing and possibly overwhelming, this process is a very common part of aging for older adults and their families.

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Alzheimer’s Is Life Altering For The Whole Family

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that eventually interferes with even the most basic daily living tasks. Changes in behavior and personality may require a person with Alzheimer’s to require round the clock care in a specialized facility.

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