About 90% of seniors intend to remain in their current homes for the next five to ten years.
Most of our seniors love to live in their homes, rather than being warehoused to a foreign facility: A place they would not call home.
Who doesn’t like to feel and be at home?
Home, Sweet Home.
But we all know it’s quite difficult to have seniors at home dependently, let alone independently.
However, it is our duty to strive to make life at home for seniors as easy and smart as possible.
Thanks to advancing technologies, we can use smart devices to make life at home as easy and smart as possible for them.
In this article, we will explore essential smart home devices that will help seniors age in place.
These devices will help seniors get around smartly in their home. For the 90% of seniors who intend to remain in their current homes, these smart home devices will help them live their golden years in place.
1. Hero Medication Dispenser
We all know how challenging it is for seniors to keep track of their medications, especially since they are mostly multiple medications.
It might be confusing at times for seniors to remember which medications to take, how many and when to take them.
Put health first; getting a smart medication dispenser like the Hero Medication Dispenser should be top priority.
The Hero Medication Dispenser is an automatic pill dispenser that sorts and dispenses doses at the push of a button.
It also reminds users when to take their pills using audible and visual reminders.
To avoid confusions and complication with senior’s medication, get a Hero Medication Dispenser and save the day.
2. Apple Smart Watch Series 5
The series 5 is the latest version of the lifesaving Apple Watch. It tells time and fits pretty well but that’s not why seniors need them.
This watch can monitor heartrate, track fitness, detect falls and warn about abnormal heartrates: Just what seniors need.
And this is why the Apple Smart Watch is a lifesaver.
3. Google Nest Protect
The Nest Protect is simply a smoke alarm that makes smoke detecting look so simple; all you need to do is buy and install them.
This smart device can distinguish steam from smoke and that’s something normal smoke alarms can do.
If there is a smoke anywhere in the house, it sends an alert and tells where.
Beyond smoke detecting, the Nest Protect is also capable of testing itself (carrying out a required routine smoke alarm test) and lighting up paths.
Safety at home is priority and Nest Protect is arguably the best smart smoke alarm.
4. Nest Learning Thermostat
A home’s temperature should be properly regulated, who knows that better than seniors?
What a burden it would be for seniors to have to walk tirelessly to a thermostat in order to keep their home’s temperature balanced.
Not to worry, smart thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat (which is arguably the best) will save the day.
Just what seniors need at home.
5. Wyze Bulb
This is like your normal bulb, the major difference is that, this bulb can be turned on and off through voice commands enabled by Alexa.
The Wyze bulb’s brightness can also be adjusted using voice commands.
So when seniors want a light off, they just have to say “Alexa, turn off the light” and bingo, the light goes off.
The Wyze bulb which is a white LED bulb is one of the cheapest high quality smart bulb there is. And if you want a multicolor smart bulb, you can just order for the Sengled Smart WiFi Multicolor Bulb.
6. Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Show is a smart display that comes with Alexa (an intelligent virtual assistant developed by Amazon).
Honestly, the Echo Show can’t be truly tied to one thing, because it’s multifunctional.
It can be used to make video calls, watch movies, scan and shop, and control other enabled smart home devices.
And because it has amazing audio, it can be used to play Granny’s favorite music like “Moonlight Cocktail” by Glenn Miller.
The Echo show is an amazing device that seniors will love and find incredibly useful.
7. Ring Video Doorbell
Just another doorbell, except for the fact that this one (the Ring Video Doorbell) videos the ringer.
So when the doorbell rings, Grandpa or Grandma sees who is ringing by just sitting and looking at the Echo Show.
This smart device can also detect motion, so they don’t just know who is ringing, they can also know when somebody is walking in their property before they reach the door.
For convenience and extra bit of security, the Ring Video Doorbell is a buy for seniors living at home.
8. Ring Floodlight Cam
For security of homes, I give Ring Floodlight Cam a thumbs up.
This smart camera is a hardwired security camera with ultra-bright LED floodlights (for darkness) and sirens (of course, for alarms).
It is a motion activated security camera that helps prevent bad guys from doing bad things.
The Ring Floodlight Cam gives seniors stress-free watch over their property; their home.
9. Eufy Robovac 11s
The Eufy Robovac 11s is a budget-friendly robot vacuum that has a strong cleaning performance. This robot vacuum is capable of cleaning neatly all by itself or should I say autonomously.
Some vacuums are known to be annoyingly loud but not the Eufy Robovac 11s, it cleans quietly and has a good battery life.
Seniors need smart devices like this that will help them not just live in their home but maintain it effortlessly.
I favored the Eufy Robovac 11s because it’s affordable and gets the cleaning job done neatly and quietly.
But there are other good robot vacuums to consider such as the Ecovacs Deebot N795 which is also affordable and integrates well with Alexa; and the iRobot Roomba i7+ which is expensive and noisy but gets the cleaning job done amazingly well, thanks to its self-emptying dustbin, multistory mapping, and automatic room recognition features. The iRobot Roomba i7+ is also compatible with Alexa.
10. Walabot Home
According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
Seniors falling accidentally is a big deal.
I can’t stress much on how important it is for a senior to have a system that detects falls in their homes.
Walabot Home is an automated fall detect system that obviously automatically detects when someone (a senior) falls in their home, and notifies predefined emergency contacts.
This smart system is also subtle that its presence cannot be easily noticed. So you need not to worry about that.
The Walabot Home doesn’t require bracelets, pendants or any form of wearables. Hence, if wearing an Apple watch always at home is not an option, then this smart system will definitely serve well.
11. August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
As PCMag puts it, “Keys are so 20th Century”.
The August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is arguably one of the best smart door lock. This smart door lock lets seniors control access to their beloved home using their voice or a dedicated smart phone app.
The August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is a fully equipped smart door lock that comes with a door sensor, geofencing feature, Wi-Fi Bridge and supports IFTTT integration. It also Bluetooth and WiFi connections.
To open and close a door with the August Smart Pro + Connect, all seniors need to do is give a voice command.
12. Google Nest WiFi
What’s a smart home without strong and fast internet connections? Headaches.
The Google Nest WiFi takes away internet connectivity headaches by offering a combination of fast internet connections, and a great coverage that makes running a smart home swift.
Nest WiFi is a great router, best known for its speed.
It also comes with an in-built Google Assistant Smart Speaker which gives seniors access to one of the best voice assistants throughout the house.