How Smart Home Tech Is Aiding People with Limited Mobility

Smart technology has advanced in both features and uses in recent years; however, it has also shown markable improvement in the way it can provide innovative support to people with limited mobility. Making homes more accessible is key to promoting independence, in addition to safety, and this is something that smart home technology is supporting in an abundance.

With that in mind, smart home technology and security specialists Somfy have compiled some of the top benefits of implementing smart home technology for those with limited mobility.

Convenience and ease

The ability to remotely control household actions through the touch of a button can make daily tasks easier and more accessible for someone with reduced mobility. Actions such as turning on the light, opening the blinds or adjusting the temperature of a room can all be conducted from a remote device.

Other technology such as a smart speakers can easily provide entertainment, reading aloud a book or playing music, which can be hugely beneficial for promoting wellbeing.

“What’s fantastic about smart home technology is that many devices can be catered to fit to an individual’s needs, truly empowering them. This means many people can go about their daily life comfortably, especially if there are any barriers to their mobility.” explained Kevin Van der Steen, product manager for access and smart home technology at Somfy.

Starting small

One of the benefits of such a wide range of smart home products on the market right now is that there are many affordable options. You can start with a lower priced smart speaker, or a product that includes a free app download with its purchase. Something small can be a great help and could make your life much easier, without large expense.

Enhanced Security

Increased security is a huge benefit for someone with limited mobility. Security cameras can now be accessed from the touch of a button when you’re home, or even when you’re out. Alarms can also be triggered remotely which will provide increased peace of mind.

In addition to cameras, smart doors and locks are also a great option as you can give access to people such as cleaners, family members or health care professionals in a safe and secure way.

Smart doors and locks also remove the element of having to use a physical key or remembering who you lent a spare key to. You’ll also know exactly who is entering your home at all times as you can give people their own personal passcodes and receive a notification when someone arrives.

Complete customisation

Depending on which products you opt for, most smart home devices can be completely tailored to your personal preferences – whether that’s your curtains opening and closing at certain times in the day, your heating switching on just before you arrive home from work, or your favourite songs ready to be played when you head to the kitchen to make dinner.

A connected hub

Finally, smart home technology enables you to manage everything from one place, reducing the need for movement, and offering an easy and comfortable solution.

“Smart technology companies are now making a conscious effort to design smart devices that are designed with those with mobility issues in mind” added Van der Steen. “This more inclusive approach to technology and it’s design can only be seen as a positive as the industry moves forward.”

With technology becoming integrated in our everyday lives, it’s fantastic to see the benefits it can provide for many people. Smart home technology enabling independence and accessibility is something that will hopefully only continue as it’s constantly evolving and developing.

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