Seventy-eight million baby boomers are becoming seniors (age 65) at the rate of 10,000 per day, and not surprisingly, most of them want to do it from the comfort of their own home. “Aging In Place” has become a buzzword for many people in the healthcare / senior living world. In this effort, technology can help, whether it’s something as simple as a door sensor or as sophisticated as a complete home automation/security system.
In home sensors are now quite common in senior homes. With home sensors, if an older adult is alone at home, enters a room and does not return past the sensor, an alert is sent to a family member or other predefined organization, thus enabling an attempt to contact the older adult, and, if no answer, to dispatch help.
Elder care specialists can work with contractors to retrofit houses for senior citizens with a robust security system, which, can be had for approximately the same cost as one month in an assisted living facility. With a system like this, family members can remotely log in on a smartphone or the Internet, and, via the devices connected to the system, monitor their loved ones when needed.
Better yet, these types of home-automation security systems are not exclusively designed for caregiving functions such as control your lights, entertainment, whole-house music and more. With a simple remote the homeowner can do so much more than change a TV channel!
Various contact panels in the house can remind seniors and love one on whether appliances are turned on or off, doors are accessed and even if there has been movement in a particular room throughout the day. If a loved one strays from a pattern, from any remote locations individuals linked to the system can follow up and contact their loved one.
All these technologies can allow elders to live more independently in their own home as they age. The sense of familiarity, indenpendance and security of living in one’s own home may help many seniors live longer and happier lives.
If you or a loved one are interested in Aging In Place designs for a home, call Pipkorn Construction’s offices for a free consultation.