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Show us the light: Smart Home Lighting Systems and wellness

People often say that home is where the heart is. This, in part, may explain why more older adults than ever are choosing to remain in their homes well into their golden years. Despite the growing popularity of the aging in place movement, very few homes are equipped to meet the unique needs of older adults. As they age, many loved ones develop physical and visual impairments that make day-to-day living difficult and sometimes even dangerous. Because of this, older adults who choose to age in place may need to make modifications to their homes to live safely and comfortably. 

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Studies show that environmental factors like weak lighting cause as many as 50% of falls experienced by older adults. These falls often result in loved ones sustaining severe injuries, making independent living even more difficult. Despite these staggering statistics, there is good news: many of these falls can be avoided with the right preparation. Loved ones and their caregivers now, more than ever, are turning to smart technologies to help them manage these risks and prepare their homes for aging in place. Intelligent home lighting systems allow older adults to spend their golden years in the comfort of their own homes.

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Motion

Sensor Lights

Many older adults need brighter lights throughout their home to see clearly. Smart home lighting systems can provide your loved one the ability to adjust lighting levels quickly and efficiently to meet their needs.

  • Automated lighting systems like the Phillips Hue have color-changing LED light bulbs that can be controlled from a smartphone, allowing your loved one to find the right color and brightness that works for them.
  • Smart light bulbs are dimmable and can change intensity with a simple voice command.
  • Many intelligent lighting systems can “learn” your loved one’s routine and automatically adjust to meet their needs over time.
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set it and forget it

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Studies show that 80% of homeowners over the age of 75 have been injured in a fall. Low, inadequate lighting may contribute to many of these cases, especially when a loved one isn’t able to make it to the light switch. Smart home lighting systems can allow older adults to live safely and independently by providing an extra layer of protection for them when they are most vulnerable.

  • Smart home lighting systems can come equipped with motion sensor lights that turn on automatically when someone passes. These can be installed in high-risk areas like stairways, hallways, and bathrooms to better support an aging loved one.
  • Motion sensor lights turn on and off automatically, ensuring loved ones don’t have to double-back and walk in the dark.
  • Many motion-activated lights can sense movement from a substantial distance away, allowing for your loved one’s path to be lit before they even step foot in an area.

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sit it and forget

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Studies show that 80% of homeowners over the age of 75 have been injured in a fall. Low, inadequate lighting may contribute to many of these cases, especially when a loved one isn’t able to make it to the light switch. Smart home lighting systems can allow older adults to live safely and independently by providing an extra layer of protection for them when they are most vulnerable.

  • Smart home lighting systems can come equipped with motion sensor lights that turn on automatically when someone passes. These can be installed in high-risk areas like stairways, hallways, and bathrooms to better support an aging loved one.
  • Motion sensor lights turn on and off automatically, ensuring loved ones don’t have to double-back and walk in the dark.
  • Many motion-activated lights can sense movement from a substantial distance away, allowing for your loved one’s path to be lit before they even step foot in an area.

Smart

Plugs

You can operate appliances remotely with a mini smart Wi-Fi plug. The plug allows you to switch lights and other electronics on and off, check their current status, and schedule their operation from your mobile device via the use of apps.

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Improved lighting

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Knobs, switches, and turn dials can create unique challenges for loved ones with mobility impairments, making it difficult for them to operate lamps and even some overhead lighting. For many families, smart home lighting is an inventive solution that can allow their aging loved ones to live independently without these small daily struggles.

  • Many smart lighting systems are voice-activated and compatible with smart home hubs like the Amazon Alexa, giving older adults the ability to control lighting by just stating what they need.
  • Smart light switches and LED bulbs can convert your loved one’s smartphone into a virtual light switch, allowing them to turn on connected lights and fans from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Most smart lighting systems on the market are easy to set up and control, making it accessible to anyone who could benefit regardless of their technological prowess.

Do smart home modifications for older adults have your head spinning? At Beverly’s Daughter, we understand that aging is stressful to both loved ones and their caregivers. It is our mission to work with families to ensure every aging adult can live in the comfort of their home as long as possible. Contact us today for a list of recommended home modifications and assistive devices from an Occupational Therapist. We’re on your team – let us help you keep your loved one happy and healthy at home.

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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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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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