How Home Automation Benefits People With Disabilities

The technology provides reminders about important dates and tasks

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Thanks to the many benefits of home automation, the technology is used in a growing number of households today. With more products on the market and various companies competing for business, these products are becoming more affordable and accessible than they have ever been.

Perhaps one of the best uses for home automation technology is to keep people with disabilities and the elderly safe and comfortable, especially if they do not live near their loved ones.

Automated Doors and Locks

It is often difficult for seniors and immobile people to get to their doors in time to greet a guest. In many cases, moving is difficult and not worth the effort (or perhaps not even possible.) Many automated doors can read fingerprints, so loved ones who visit often can have their fingerprints saved. When they arrive at the house, they can use this fingerprint memory to enter the home rather than forcing the homeowner to come to the door. In addition, automated locks are beneficial because they allow loved ones to check on the door to make sure it is locked at night or during regular times when the elderly person is away from home. This is done through devices such as a smartphone or tablet.

Automatic Shut-Off for Appliances

Unfortunately, when we age, our memories sometimes fade. As a result, those who have aged sometimes have a difficult time remembering to turn off appliances in their homes. Of course, this can cause a safety threat to them, their homes and neighbors. Through home automation, appliances can be set to automatically turn off after a certain period of time. Another option is, once again, to have a younger loved one check on the home each day through a smart device. Most appliances can be hooked up to the home automation system, including faucets, curling irons, toasters and stoves.

Medication Dispensers

Home automation even extends to medication. Through medication-dispensing devices, the elderly individual is safe. Basically, these devices dispense medicine at the appropriate time, ensuring that the dosage is correct. This protects the individual, who may not have another person nearby to remind her to take medications or what the dosage is supposed to be.

Reminder System

Automated systems not only function to remind users about important matters (such as medicine) but also to remind people of important events or dates that are coming up. An individual can set up the system to remind him of important tasks that need to be accomplished or of meetings that must be attended. This system gives the individual just a bit more freedom and independence, while still providing the assurance that the tasks that need to be completed will be. This can be a great comfort to both the elderly individual and loved ones who live far away or cannot visit every day.

Domestic Robots

Elderly individuals may also have a difficult time keeping their homes and yards clean. Home automation offers robots for these types of domestic tasks, ranging from sweeping and mopping robots to gutter cleaners. Other robots can mow the person's lawn, wash the windows, or even cook.

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