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Smart Home – Takes Good Care of the Elderly

As people age, it is more and more unhandy to handle household tasks in daily life especially when the elderly live alone. Fear of being unable to do routines safely or forget turning off the light when you're not home, even unable to carry out routines due to some health problems. These are driving factors behind a decision to utilize a few smart "assistants" for easier living.

A few years ago, it is unimaginable that sophisticated Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and smart home technology can support health care and elder independence. As the growth of the elder population year by year, we turn our attentions to the group instinctively and recognize smart home technology can be used to help seniors in a variety of aspects. Baby boomers will be outnumbered those who are older than 65 by 2035 according to U.S. Census Bureau. So it will be a rewarding thing that investing in smart home technology for our aging parents. Here's where a smart home can help.

Simplify Daily Routines

Is there a smart gadget used to help aging parents know exactly whether their packages arrive so that they don't need to run outside to check the empty mailbox? Try 433 RF Bridge and DWI door/window alarm sensor to get around that! Bring both of accessories home and install one indoor and another outside, then they will be notified instantly once there is a package being put into the mailbox.

The smart scene is a great way for them to automate more than one SONOFF device – set an action and make it happen to perform another, e.g. they can set a scene that is the door is opened to trigger the bedroom light on when going to bed. No need to manually switch on/off lights. This makes seniors easily control their home.

Monitor Power usage & Protect Appliances

Home security is an aspect that the elderly especially concern when starting to go into the smart home. Prepare a SONOFF S31 Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Power Monitoring for your elder parents, just say goodbye to the worry. Remove the phone from the pocket unintentionally and notice the heater consumes a huge amount of electricity during its run and they're afraid that it will bring a fire risk in their home. S31 comes in handy when they're annoyed with this problem. Features the overload protection which allows to set the limit value, once beyond the set value, appliances will switch off automatically, which ensures their safety.

Another potential possibility – a big "surprise" probably appears regularly the monthly electricity bill that requires them to pay much money but, they don't know which appliance in home secretly does mischief. At this time, S31 gives them the ability to track power usage in real-time for better know about appliances.

Keep Your Space Comfortable 

Integrate a smart switch into the senior's home and make it possible for them to live comfortably and enjoyably, improving the quality of life. TH10/TH16 Wi-Fi Smart switch with temperature and humidity monitoring works with Si7021 or AM2301 temperature and humidity sensor to give seniors a clear idea for the temperature and humidity for their devices and the air in home.

In conjunction with IFTTT service, seniors can set an action (If the humidity in the bedroom is lower than 45%RH, then the humidifier will turn on automatically) to ensure their home is comfortable. They will always stay at a cozy space. If there is a fish tank used to decorate their home, it is so easy for them to monitor the water temperature of fish tank using the smart switch and sensor so that they can know instantly whether the temperature is good for fish. Just create a comfortable home for your parents with a smart and low-cost way.

Easier Two-way Control

APP has been the main control way in a smart home. Seniors, however, think it is a little tiring to control with the eWeLink APP on their smartphones. Imagine that before going to the bathroom at night, you have to enable the eWeLink APP to turn on the porch light. Now, APP control is not a very good solution. SONOFF MINI DIY smart switch supports to connect a rocker light switch to turn on/off the porch light just by pressing the external switch. This means that seniors can turn on/off the same light from two places, much convenient to use. Also they can turn on/off the light with their voices. Simply say "Alexa/Google, turn on/off the light" and MINI will help you perform.

In conclusion, mobility declines in the elderly, which makes home automation be a perfect way to manage their home without excessive effort for their independent living. The overwhelming smart technology brings a lot of low-cost smart devices for our home so it is time to introduce a smart lifestyle to our aging parents, which meets their need – aging in place.