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Sandra Juvan, Smart Home Category Manager at Somfy image
Sandra Juvan, Smart Home Category Manager at Somfy

Sandra Juvan, Smart Home Category Manager at Somfy, has compiled some of the top benefits of implementing smart home technology for those with reduced mobility, as the field continues to advance and expand.

Smart technology has advanced in both features and uses in recent years; however, it has also shown markable improvement in the way it can provide innovative support to people with limited mobility.

Making homes more accessible is key to promoting independence, in addition to safety, and this is something that smart home technology is supporting in an abundance.

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Below are some of the top benefits of implementing smart home technology for those with limited mobility.

Convenience and ease

The ability to remotely control household actions through the touch of a button can make daily tasks easier and more accessible for someone with reduced mobility. Actions such as turning on the light, opening the blinds or adjusting the temperature of a room can all be conducted from a remote device.

Other technology, such as smart speakers, can easily provide entertainment, reading aloud a book or playing music, which can be hugely beneficial for promoting wellbeing.

What’s fantastic about smart home technology is that many devices can be catered to fit to an individual’s needs, truly empowering them. This means many people can go about their daily life comfortably, especially if there are any barriers to their mobility.

Starting small

One of the benefits of such a wide range of smart home products on the market is that there are many affordable options. Clients can start with a lower-priced smart speaker, or a product that includes a free app download with its purchase. Something small can be a great help and could make the person’s life much easier, without large expense.

Enhanced security

Increased security is a huge benefit for someone with limited mobility. Security cameras can now be accessed from the touch of a button when the client is at home, or even when they’re out. Alarms can also be triggered remotely, which will provide increased peace of mind.

In addition to cameras, smart doors and locks are also a great option, as the user can give access to people such as cleaners, family members or health care professionals in a safe and secure way.

Smart doors and locks also remove the element of having to use a physical key or remembering who has borrowed a spare key. Clients will also know exactly who is entering their home at all times, as they can give people their own personal passcodes and receive a notification when someone arrives.

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Complete customisation

Most smart home devices can be completely tailored to personal preferences, whether that’s curtains opening and closing at certain times in the day, heating switching on just before you arrive home from work, or favourite songs ready to be played when the client heads to the kitchen to make dinner.

A connected hub

Finally, smart home technology enables users to manage everything from one place, reducing the need for movement, and offering an easy and comfortable solution.

Smart technology companies are now making a conscious effort to design smart devices that are designed with those with mobility issues in mind. This more inclusive approach to technology and its design can only be seen as a positive as the industry moves forward.

With technology becoming integrated in our everyday lives, it’s fantastic to see the benefits it can provide for many people. Smart home technology enabling independence and accessibility is something that will hopefully only continue, as it’s constantly evolving and developing.

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