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Smart Security and Home Automation Help Seniors Stay Home Longer


There are many wonderful living options for aging and active seniors. In addition to options such as active living communities, one popular option is to simply stay in the home and community they have already grown to love. Smart security and home automation tools make that safer and more convenient than ever before.

More Seniors Want to Stay in Their Own Home

Despite the fact that senior-living communities are more modernized, specialized, and resident-focused than ever before, 90% report the desire to stay in their own homes as they age, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Today, with expanding security and automation technology options, there are more tools than ever to help that happen.


Technology Can Have Profound Results

“Independent living”, “non-assisted living”, or the preferred “aging in place” all mean the same thing-- growing older without moving to a healthcare environment. There are a number of astounding ways technology can help make that happen.


  • Sensors. Discreetly placed sensors can help family members and caregivers gain information about their loved one’s daily activity. For example, if they are not getting up from their bed, the medicine cabinet, or opened the refrigerator it may mean that something is wrong. It can also help remote caregivers know that their loved one is keeping a normal schedule, getting enough sleep and exercise, and more.

  • Video surveillance. Tapping into video surveillance cameras allows the family to check in on their loved ones remotely. Caregivers can watch their loved one’s activities to monitor safety so that they can make adjustments to daily living as necessary. Having the ability to check in remotely also limits the number of hours an in-house caregiver is needed.

  • Door sensors/alarms. Having sensors and alarms on the doors can alert loved ones to unusual activity or wandering. Alerts can warn caregivers of dangerous activity such as leaving in the middle of the night.

  • Automated lighting. Automating lighting can help reduce rip and fall accidents by using sensors to illuminate trouble areas and having lights turn off and on without having to navigate a room in the dark.

  • Remotely unlock the home. With automated locks, you can lock and unlock the doors remotely to ensure the doors are locked at night or to let in caregivers or other household helpers.

  • Smart doorbells. Using smart doorbells mean that your loved one can answer the door without having to get up. It also means that you can answer the door for them, so others never need to know that they are alone.

  • Temperature control. With a smart thermostat, caregivers can ensure that their loved ones do not experience the health dangers posed by extreme temperatures.

We face a lot of issues as we age, such as mobility, but home smart home technologies bring a host of effective and economical solutions to the table to keep our loved ones in the home of their choice longer. Have questions how these technologies can help your loved one? Give Apex Alarms a call today at (337) 564-5239.

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