Home automation can make daily lives more convenient, but for disabled individuals, it can be the difference between needing an assistant and being able to live independently. Today’s solutions provide many benefits to those with mobility challenges or sight or hearing impairments. In fact, being in control of one’s environment is a significant factor in promoting mental wellness. If you or someone you love is struggling to live on their own due to physical limitations, you might consider ways home automation makes independent living easier.
Examples of home automation that makes everyday tasks easier:
- Automatic light controls. This is perhaps one of the most basic and functional home automation products for disabled individuals. With automation, no one needs to get to a light switch on the wall or struggle to maneuver lamp switches again. Lights can be controlled in several ways, including a smartphone or tablet app, verbal instructions on a voice-enabled device, or computerized timers set to turn on and off at pre-set intervals or dawn/dusk.
- Surveillance cameras. Hearing someone outside a door or window can be frightening for a disabled individual. Surveillance cameras monitor motion outside the home and can send an alert when motion is detected. Best of all, the footage can be viewed by a smartphone device–or that of a neighbor, friend, or relative if the homeowner is blind. These cameras are also very handy to see who is knocking at the front door.
- Automated door locks. It’s essential to keep exterior doors locked, but individuals with mobility limitations may have difficulty getting to the door to unlock it. Using automated door locks combined with surveillance cameras and speaker systems makes it easy to unlock the door from anywhere in the house. This is especially important when the person is waiting for medical help from a caretaker or paramedic.
- Automated window blinds. Window blinds are one of the most challenging items for a disabled individual to maneuver in the home. Cords can be complicated to use or get snarled up into knots. By installing automatic blinds, the shades can be opened and closed by a mobile device or set to open and close at specified times.
- Application-enabled thermostat. Most of us don’t realize what a luxury it is to be able to change the room’s temperature to a more comfortable setting until we can’t access the thermostat. Cooling or heating a room can be a struggle for those with mobility issues. With an application-enabled thermostat, anyone can easily control temperatures from a smartphone or tablet in any home area.
If you’d like to learn more about how home automation makes independent living easier, contact the team at AE Interiors.
Come visit our showroom, where you can touch, feel and experience all the home automation options you can enjoy in your home. This is the perfect way to see for yourself how home automation can make everyday life easier and decide which elements top your “must-have” list.
Contact us today to learn more about how easy it is to bring home automation to your family. We’re conveniently located at 5360 Bierson Way in Central Point, or call us at 541-245-3100. You’ll wonder why you waited so long.