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Smart System Options for Seniors

As a senior, household chores become more and more difficult as the years go by. You find it harder to wake up and switch off the security lights in the morning or switch on your security system. The good news is that recent advances in technology have brought to the fore smart systems that can make your life easier.

Home automation systems come in many forms. Here, we look at heating and cooling, security and lighting systems for you.

Heating and Cooling

It is now more convenient to manage the temperature around your house via an app on your smartphone or tablet. This eliminates the need for manual operation of the heating and cooling unit in your home. Some of these gadgets are “intelligent” enough to read your routine and adjust the temperature accordingly.

One such gadget is the Nest Thermostat. This thermostat doesn’t need your intervention, it is intelligent enough to create a routine for you. Over its operation, it masters your routine and knows when you want the heat turned on and when you want the temperature down. The app also helps you cut down on your energy bill due to the extensive custom settings and temperature alerts. The gadget comes with an android and iOS app that is easy to install use.

Security Cameras

Having the ability to see who is at your doorstep without leaving your bed or armchair can help you reduce unnecessary accidents. Your caregiver can also use the app to monitor who comes and leaves your home. He or she can also monitor your movement without necessarily being in the house.

One such security bundle is the Piper NV home security camera that comes with entry sensors and a monitoring camera. You get email or text alerts whenever there is a security breach or when something is wrong. You can watch live video or recordings courtesy of the HD camera. Pairing the sensors to Piper makes sure you get a notification every time the door or window gets opened, and you get to set what happens next, for instance you can set Piper to set off the alarm.

Lighting Options

Replacing your existing light bulbs makes it a breeze to turn your lights on and off without leaving the comfort of your chair and schedule security lighting while slashing your energy bill.

One of the options you have as a senior is to use Philips Hue Lights. This lighting system lets you control your lights, right from the kitchen to the garage without leaving your bed or couch. You can control the lights using voice commands or manually. If you still have some spring in your step, you can set away schedules for those moments when you are outside the house. If you don’t like the idea of using the app, you have the option of using a wall switch to handle the operations.


Home automation systems offer an extra hand for you as a senior. These systems give you the ability to “age in place” and live in your own home for years to come. Make sure you get your systems from a primary source to benefit from extensive research.

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