Home automation - ideal for the elderly
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The elderly rightly want to remain independent for as long as possible, and to do this they need to make sure that there are things in place to make living day to day life simple. Having the correct home automation equipment can actually make living alone much easier, which, in turn can relieve the worry felt by other family members. Here, we will explore the benefits of home automation equipment for the elderly.
Cutting down on bills
Unless you have been living on another planet, you will be more than aware electricity prices have increased significantly. In fact, since 2004, some companies have doubled their prices. This has led to bills of hundreds of pounds a month. This is money that some pensioners simply do not have, and even with heating allowance, this sum could be the difference between being able to live in their own home and having no other choice but to move elsewhere.
While the purchasing of home automation equipment may be an initial expense, it soon makes up for the price. This equipment allows you to control everything you have automated from an easy to use central unit, which makes micro managing your electricity simple. For instance, from this unit you have the capacity to turn off every unit that you have set up for remote use. This stops any standby consumption without the hassle of going around turning everything off, which can be a struggle for the elderly.
Making things much easier
Depending on how much of the home is automated, a central unit can make controlling multiple products simple. Of course, once purchased, it is important that the people in control can use their control device without an issue, and this could mean that somebody a bit more tech savvy may have to walk them through it, but once they know the ins and outs, controlling everything is easy.
This is obviously beneficial for somebody that is older because it means they do not have to get up as much. For instance, with a central unit and thermostat control, you can increase the temperature remotely, and it does not stop there. Z-Wave items allow for maximum control of almost any household item. Lights, locks, alarms, dimmers, blinds and thermostats can all be controlled remotely, and these items are just the start.
Setting up the correct scene can make living alone easier. The right scene could allow your lights to turn on when it gets dark, turn the thermostat on when the temperature drops, turn the AC on when it gets too hot, turn on the water at a certain time so you do not have to worry about that on all the time. All of these things make living alone as an elderly person much easier.
Essentially the more automated solutions that are installed, the longer the elderly can live independently without the need for aid, and this is why it is a good idea to look into home automation.