Home improvement used to be carpentry, masonry, windows, plumbing or some other hands-on project. But with the advances in technology, some of the most valuable home improvements you can make only require an electrical outlet. They can also provide major piece of mind to those with elderly parents.
Technology changes so fast these days that it can be hard to keep up. But the technology of voice-activated smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, can be of great assistance to seniors, making things more convenient and even keeping them safer in their homes.
Convenience in a Snap
Smart speakers can do basic everyday tasks to make life easier, like making calls, providing entertainment, and answering questions, all from across the room. You don’t even need to push a button, because they respond to voice commands. This means that anyone with limited vision, mobility issues, or reduced finger dexterity can easily do things that may have become difficult, and do it in less time.
Avoiding Unnecessary Falls
The ability to turn lights or the tv on and off at the sound of your voice could also mean staying safer. Falls are the leading cause of serious injury and death in the senior population, so reducing fall risks is extremely important. Controlling things like the thermostat with just the sound of your voice could mean reducing your fall risk by cutting down on unnecessary trips across the room or across the house.
Safety in the Home
Another great way that voice-activated smart speakers can keep older adults safer is by controlling the lights, locking and unlocking doors, and opening and closing blinds. These tasks require the device to be connected to other compatible devices, but they connect easily through setup through the corresponding app on a smartphone. Imagine being able to turn on the lights in a snap to make it easier to see, or locking the door from across the room with just the sound of your voice, or even closing the blinds when it start to get dark outside.
Calling for Help
In the event that you do have an accident and need to reach a family member or make an emergency call, it can be done easily with a voice command, even if you can’t reach your phone. The smart speakers can pick up voice commands from across the room. This means that calls can be made quicker and help can reach you sooner.
Learning new technology can be a challenge for older adults, but there are so many benefits of these voice-activated smart speakers. If you are looking into setting one up for an older adult, or are an older adult setting it up for yourself, it’s important to remember to try and be patient while figuring out new technology that might be unfamiliar. With the right amount of training and practice, smart speakers can provide plenty of help to keep seniors safe and independent in their homes.