Technology is becoming a common thing in people’s homes, from seniors to teenagers using it. Technology has many benefits that it can offer, such as making your home more technologically advanced and convenient.
With new smart home technology it can make seniors able to live at home longer. This can be done with smart tech that has remote monitoring capabilities that enable elderly people to live more independently as they age. It can make it easier for families to keep an eye on their loved ones creating a sense of security, convenience, and peace of mind.
Making the step to use smart tech in your loved one’s home should be done with informed decisions that can benefit all in the experience.
How to Use Secure Products
Security and privacy should be the main priority before putting a device in a senior’s home. Devices with security built-in are beneficial because seniors typically aren’t tech savvy and might not realizes changes to their device.
Before being sold in stores smart home technologies require a rigorous certification process to ensure security. Families seeking to adopt this technology to enhance the lives of their family members should consider only choosing devices with additional layers of security built-in. There is usually a prominent seal or logo on the product packaging to indicate that the manufacturer has engineered additional layers of security into their products.
How to Choose and Setup the Product
There are many different options to choose from when it comes to smart home products. They can do an array of things from changing to lighting to adding extra security precautions. Some of these technologies even work with security companies to give you the best support.
It can be a daunting task to think of setting up your own smart home, but there are easy ways with immediate out of box installation. SmartStart enables device recognition automatically through the gateway or a quick scan of a QR code, so setup is streamlined and not halted by the often-daunting process of adding products one by one to the network.
Family members can grab several devices like smart locks to monitor activity or create unique access codes or sensors to keep an eye on important areas of the home for seniors like bathrooms, and easily get their loved one’s home set up and ready to go without a lot of time investment.
How to Make it Simple
Having different products that all work together to cooperate as a system is important. Purchasing separate technology all working on different systems will be inconvenient and complicated to use.
For example, having a “good night” button that sets the home lighting for the night, turns on the security system, and makes sure the doors are locked; or making sure one never comes home to a dark house ensures caregivers that their elderly family members are secure and comfortable.
How to Protect Your Network
Technology in the home can make it easier for seniors to live at home, but you need to make sure that they are protected. Simplicity is a must, but somethings need more complexity. For example, passwords should by the default ones, but complex single-use ones. Also, by regularly changing passwords you can protect a home from cyber intrusion.
Smart home devices aren’t one-size-fits all, so it’s important to research what’s best for your senior loved ones home.
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