Home automation is a new field of technology, but one that’s moving rapidly. You’ve seen Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Home. But that’s just the start. We’re moving toward what experts call “the internet of everything” where appliances and other home tools will be connected and can anticipate and communicate for you.
Think about it: someday soon, your refrigerator may be able note when you’re running low on milk and butter, and automatically order more for you, calculating the size of the order to how much is consumed in your household over a period of time. Such technology promises to make our lives simpler.
For seniors, home automation may mean even more important things, such as extending the ability to live by themselves at home.
This has already happened to some degree. Medical alert buttons, for example, mean seniors can live at home by themselves, but still summon help quickly in case of a fall or other emergency. In the future, automated devices may be able to monitor your health and send information to doctors on a regular basis, so your health can be watched without extra doctor visits.
Automation may take over daily medical testing, and give you medication reminders. Information on you sent from your home may even enable medical professionals to coordinate your care so you have fewer trips to the doctor’s office.
Home automation can help keep you and your family in touch, which may mean more contact and quality time with family members, even from a distance. That can help with loneliness.
And automation can already turn lights off and on for you, so you don’t have to stumble around in a dark room, plus lock your doors so you don’t have to remember this chore.
And home automation can help you order food in, play music, or even just answer random questions you may have about history or how things work.
Home automation will definitely change our lives. And seniors may be a group who gets the most benefit from this new technology.