11:53 12 April 2017
Based on a recent survey, about 90per cent of seniors opt to continue living in their current home for the next 10 years. Although available smart home devices can help them live an independent life, many seniors are wary about taking advantage of existing technology.
However, adult children or caregivers can convince them to upgrade to smart home technology by simply having a conversation with them. Listen to their concerns and identify their specific needs and demands to make it easier to determine the best options to present them, which include:
· Smart speakers – The Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers are very helpful for seniors who have vision problems. These speakers can help them read books and shut off things through voice commands.
· Smart smoke/carbon monoxide monitors – These devices alert caregivers and adult children if they detect smoke or carbon monoxide.
· Security and safety systems – WiFi enabled cameras allow you to monitor your parents anytime, anywhere in the world while automatic shut-off devices can prevent safety hazards.
When having the conversation with your parents, make sure to involve every member of the family. Also, consider a third party your parents trust so they can provide some perspective.