Smart Home Devices Suitable For Independent Living
Smart home technology is the best way to support independent living, especially for senior citizens. The following list of smart devices* may be beneficial to some seniors living independently.
1. Smart Camera
Smart cameras are beneficial to at-home seniors and family members. Smart security camera installation around the home can allow the family to watch over loved ones, literally. These cameras can serve as both security and safety cameras. They connect to Wi-Fi, and the live video feed can be monitored from any smartphone, tablet, or Wi-Fi-enabled device. Smart cameras have made keeping an eye on parents and grandparents easier.
What’s even better is that several smart cameras feature two-way audio, allowing people to converse from both ends of the camera. No need to call; speak to them through the smart cam. Some models also include alert notifications sent straight to smartphones whenever movement is detected.
Samsung SmartThings Cam
This smart cam delivers live video in HD quality, including night vision and two-way audio. Its motion sensor technology can differentiate between a person and an object, ruling out false alert notifications. These cameras are easy to install, and for full home-coverage, add on its smart hub to access multiple cameras at a time.
2. Voice Assistant
Voice assistants are a great addition to any senior’s home. This device can help alleviate the stress about whether a family member living alone has remembered to take their medication.
Voice assistants feature voice-activated daily reminders. Whether it is reminders for medication, doctor’s appointments, or a grandchild’s birthday, this is the device that every independent living senior should own.
It can set reminders for repeated tasks, at scheduled timings, and in a familiar voice too. That’s right; users can set the voice according to family members instead of a standard auto-tuned one. Voice assistants are not challenging to install and operate.
Google Home Assistant Smart Speaker
This voice-activated assistant can update the latest weather, traffic, finance, news, sports, and more. Users can ask for translations, calculations, nutrition information, and unit conversions. It can help manage schedules, set reminders, place calls, and more, precisely the type of help an independent senior may need.
The user’s voice can also control the thermostat, dim the lights, turn off the TV, and even fire up the coffee maker in the morning with other compatible smart home devices.
3. Video Doorbell
Video doorbells are perfect for the safety and convenience of older people. Instead of walking to the front door, they can quickly check whose outside from a smart screen.
Video doorbells ensure independent living seniors never miss a visitor or a package. The images on these devices are crystal clear, and the sound comes through loud and clear thanks to the HD speaker and microphone.
Google Nest Hello – Video Doorbell
Google Nest Hello is the perfect video doorbell to install at the front door. Its wide-angle camera view shows a person from head to toe, and its two-way talk feature allows users to speak to visitors at the door, all from a phone or tablet.
The Nest Hello sends notifications to smartphones and tablets, making it much easier for older people to check their phones instead of getting up.
4. Smart Garage Door Opener
A smart garage door is an excellent device for older people that drive. This device allows users to open and close the door from anywhere on a mobile device – great for forgetful drivers. Check to make sure the garage door is closed from the grocery store or the doctor’s office. The smart garage door opener may help seniors feel more secure at home through mobile alerts and set schedules when the garage door opens and closes.
myQ Smart Garage Hub
The myQ Smart Garage Hub by Chamberlain is an excellent device that can be added to most existing garage doors. It’s compatible with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993, including Chamberlain, Craftsman, Lift Master, Stanley, and more. The garage door must be sectional and have safety sensors installed. With the myQ garage opener, a mobile device, Wi-Fi connection, and any compatible garage door opener, independent living seniors can stay connected and in control.
5. Smart Door Locks
The security of aging loved ones is always front and center, and smart door locks are the perfect security device that can provide that peace of mind. Smart door locks are controllable through smartphones and tablets and even voice-activated from a voice assistant. This convenient control means independent living seniors can lock, unlock and check door activity from their phones or tablets or lock and unlock the door with a simple voice command. This convenience also means that concerned families can check whether their loved ones lock the front door at night.
August Smart Lock – 3rd Gen
The August Smart Lock allows users to access the door straight from a mobile device. It sends real-time alerts whenever someone enters or exits the house, and users can check the door’s status, whether it is locked or unlocked. This smart lock allows users to keep the existing lock and keys because it easily attaches to the existing deadbolt, and it’s simple to install.
This lock is Bluetooth-enabled but does require a separate Wi-Fi bridge to enable remote access and voice speaker integrations.
* FirstEnergy Home’s review of this product is solely opinion. FirstEnergy Home did not receive compensation for the review. FirstEnergy Home, and any FirstEnergy affiliates, are not affiliated with the manufacturer of the product, nor is there any endorsement or sponsorship between the product manufacturer of the product and FirstEnergy Home or any of its affiliates.