You might have heard the term ‘Smart Home’ and how it can help older people live at home for longer, but do you actually know what technology is involved? Feros Care’s LifeLink Operations Manager, Justin Wall, explains.
For some the term ‘Smart Home’ can be off-putting, if not entirely frustrating as we can often struggle just to program the new digital television! The Feros Care Smart Home, however, is one which provides its resident peace of mind and independence. The smart home makes technology work for its senior clients, every day and night, to help with any mishap or serious incident.
The brain of the Smart Home is the base alarm, which is a two-way communication device between the home and the emergency response centre. The base alarm is ‘alerted’ by a range of smart sensors in the home, either triggered automatically or by the client themself.
Here are some of the most popular gadgets which clients have in their home:
The Personal Alarm, also known as the Pendant, is a handy button usually worn around the neck or clipped to a belt. It is worn all day, every day and allows the wearer to press it if they need help, for example if they’ve fallen or if they are feeling unwell.
Working in the same way as the Personal Alarm, the Alarm Button can be mounted near the toilet or in the shower at floor level. Should someone slip and fall, they can reach out for the button and raise an alarm back at the response centre.
This is a great tool for those who have many medications to take over the course of the day. The Medication Reminder can activate up to six reminders a day, letting the resident know it’s time to take their medication.
A great feature is that a family member or friend can record the reminder from anywhere making it a convenient option and providing the person with a familiar voice.
Passive Infra-Red (PIR) Sensor
The PIR Sensor is commonly known as a ‘no movement detector’ and unlike a house security alarm, it will send an alert when there is no movement in the home. The sensor is happy when it detects the person walking about at home, however, it will send an alert if it detects no movement as this may indicate the resident has fallen or is feeling unwell and can’t get out of bed.
Automatic Night Lighting with Bed Sensor
These two great gadgets make sure people aren’t left in the dark. The Automatic Night Lighting controller is connected with the Bed Sensor so that as someone rises out of bed at night, the lights turn on – avoiding stumbling and falls in the dark. When the person goes back to bed, the lights automatically dim and switch off.
Working in the same way as other household smoke detectors, the LifeLink Smoke Detector is also connected to the Base Alarm. So if it sounds an alarm, response centre staff can communicate with the resident to make sure everything is ok, before emergency services are called (if needed).