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The first technology in home automation began in 1975 when it was found you could connect certain devices and use wires to have them “talk to each other.” Since then, this technology has become increasingly advanced and geared toward making people’s lives easier, more efficient, and cost-effective. More and more people in today’s world are buying new “smart homes” or converting their existing homes to ones that utilize home automation systems like Vivint.

Home automation is a growing trend among people who wish to conserve natural resources, but it also has numerous benefits specifically for elderly individuals who wish to continue living in their own home. Home automation can take away the anxiety of having to transfer to an assisted living facility, assist with everyday tasks that may be difficult for an elderly person, eliminate the problem of having to remember things like doctor appointments and taking medicine, and keep elderly individuals safe within their home environment.

The latest trends in home automation technology make living and staying safe in your home simple and painless. Tasks that may be cumbersome to an older person become much easier with this new technology:

  • Doors can read fingerprints and open, close, and lock automatically, eliminating the need to go to the door every time someone is there.
  • Lights can turn on when you enter a room and off when you exit, saving energy and the eliminating the need to remember to flick the light switch everywhere you go.
  • The home’s temperature can fluctuate in each room depending on if it is occupied or not.
  • Faucets and stoves and other things that are sometimes forgotten can turn off automatically
  • Appropriate amounts of medications can be measured and dispensed automatically
  • Blinds can be opened and closed at the touch of a button
  • A home’s energy consumption can be monitored and tracked, among countless other helpful things
  • A reminder system is particularly helpful for the elderly as it can be set up to audibly announce any reminder you wish and can keep you from forgetting important appointments and tasks.


In a smart home, all of the mentioned tasks and many more are done automatically when the individual is within the house and they also can be controlled remotely via phone or the Internet. The remote control capabilities of a home that utilizes home automation are also helpful if the elderly home owner is out of town or just about town. If you forget to turn down the heat, for instance, you can simply control the temperature remotely and easily using a phone or the Internet. Timers can also be set up to control many aspects of the home at all times, so the need to physically change things yourself or even to remember to do the tasks is eliminated, making an elderly person’s life much easier and providing more time for the person to occupy themselves with things they love to do.


About the Author:

This article was written and provided to Who Needs Oxygen by one of our writing partners Jennie Reedy who is a writer for Vivint security. In her spare time, Jennie loves to take care of her elderly mother and spend time with her kids.

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