How Smart Tech Helps Seniors Live Safe, Independent Lives at Home
Every year, more American seniors—over 55 million of them, according to AARP—are living independently and “aging in place” in their homes. Our seniors can enjoy peace of mind for a safer, more secure home life. And given the rising costs of senior living facilities, many elderly adults are better off financially remaining in their homes.
But the elderly and their families are rightly concerned about the health and safety of remaining independent in their own homes, especially if they live alone. The concern of a medical emergency or fall is ever-present. Fortunately, technology has dramatically improved safety and security at home—the kind of safety and security to keep seniors living independently in their homes. And with today’s technology, seniors and their families can rest assured that they can enjoy their golden years and independence for far longer.
At DE Fastlink, we do more than just provide the fast, dependable fiber internet you’ve come to count on for entertainment and productivity. We develop and maintain networks that keep your service as reliable as possible to facilitate life-saving technology in your home. By utilizing today’s smart home technology and other safety and security features—enhanced by DE Fastlink’s fiber internet—seniors can confidently enjoy their retirement in their own homes.
Below, we highlight some of the technology available to seniors today to help them live at home more independently and safely than any previous generation before.
Personal Emergency Response System
Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS), such as One Call Alert or Medical Guardian, form the cornerstone for seniors to be independent and confident while living at home.
This cutting-edge technology means that help during an emergency—from a medical scare to a fall—is always at hand, even when a phone is out of reach, and a family member is not there to assist quickly.
The Personal Emergency Response System is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At the touch of a button, you or your loved one will be connected to emergency contacts to get help as fast as possible.
In addition, the PERS features two-way voice communication right on the device, so there is no fumbling around for a phone or even a need to dial a phone number—just a simple press of the button and the connection to trained emergency assistance is immediately available.
Smart Home Technology
Today’s smart home technology makes basic daily tasks easier and safer for seniors. For example, by utilizing smart light bulbs, seniors can turn the lights on or off by using their voice, reducing the need for awkward positioning and bending, which can sometimes lead to falls or other injuries.
Smart light bulb voice activation also means there’s no need to search for light switches in the dark, making nighttime walks to the bathroom or kitchen far safer. Many smart light bulbs are compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, and other Smart Home devices, which connect to DE Fastlink’s reliable fiber internet.
So, your loved one can easily integrate smart light bulbs into their smart home through easy-to-use voice-controlled devices.
Smart home technology can also help seniors be more secure in their homes. And recent innovations go well beyond traditional security systems like burglar alarms or surveillance cameras. Smart home security technology can integrate across the home’s fiber internet, providing protection almost anywhere in the house.
Exterior smart cameras allow a loved one to know if an unknown person approaches a senior’s property. And indoor smart cameras can let family members check in if they cannot get in touch with their elderly parents.
Other smart home advances like glass break detectors can alert a loved one to intruders and help deter property crime. These state-of-the-art technologies can help seniors feel safer and more secure in their homes.
Your neighbors at DE Fastlink are honored to be a part of helping our seniors live more fulfilling and self-assured lives at home. And because DE Fastlink’s fiber internet is so reliable, you’ll be confident that your smart home and its safety and convenience features will always be there for you.
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