While 79 percent of North American older adults ages 55 to 75 who were surveyed by Home Instead, Inc., have given at least some thought to things they will need to do to enable them to live in their own home while they age, nearly half of all seniors surveyed have taken no action.* These technologies could make it easier for an aging adult to remain at home.
Video Doorbell: This smart technology hooks into existing doorbells that enable a homeowner to see who comes to the door via the phone.
Voice and Remote Thermostat: This tool helps monitor thermostat functions including furnace and air conditioning by voice or by cell phone.
Virtual Assistant: Amazon’s Echo or Google Home allows homeowners to control their home with their voice – locking doors, turning lights on and off, adjusting the thermostat or viewing camera feeds.
Stove Fire Prevention Devices: These devices automatically shut off a stove if it is left unattended for a specific time.
Home Monitoring Systems: Monitoring systems could help family caregivers make sure their loved ones are safe and secure. To allow for independence, some systems do not require human intervention and have the ability to monitor even body temperature and sleep.
Specialized tablets: Devices like Grandpad help connect seniors with loved ones to interact, and share photos and memories.
For more ways to help keep aging adults safe at home, check out Top Five Aging in Place Pitfalls.