Smart Home Technoogy for people with disabilities
Smart Home technology has been around for many years. While for most of us having a smart home is a bit of a novelty and luxury, for the elderly and disabled, smart home automation is a necessity and a way of life.
Through the smart home technology, they can maintain or increase their functional capabilities and become independent.
Tasks like turning lights on and off, opening and closing blinds, windows and doors, changing a TV channel and adjusting the thermostat temperature could be a real challenge for the people living with disability.
Thanks to advancements in modern technology, there are now many solutions on the market that can help those who need assistance, to overcome those challenges and live an independent life in their own homes.
Below we will have a brief look at how Smart Home technology can help people with disability.
Google home and Amazon Alexa are the two major voice recognition systems used for Voice Assistant.
Through voice assistant you can not only set alarms, reminders, timers, shopping lists and carry out internet searches but also you can open/ close doors and windows, arm and disarm security system, turn lights on and off, set room temperature and many more.
Smart roller blinds can be programmed to open and shut by detecting how much light is entering the room, at certain times of the day and night, manual control through smartphones and tablets and through voice commands.
Lights can be triggered to turn on when motion is detected, a door is opened or closed, on timely basis and voice commands.
Smart Thermostats maintain your house temperature at the exact temperature you set. This particularly proves to be useful for people with cerebral palsy as they prefer to keep their homes warm. Adjusting the temperature is easy.
You can change it using your voice or smartphone.
Doors could be locked, unlocked, opened, and closed with a simple touch on the phone or voice command.
Link your video doorbells to your phone and you’ll have total peace of mind all day and all night by being able to monitor and control your house entry.
Smart Security System
Nothing is more important for an independent individual living with disability than security. The Smart Security systems make it simpler and easier to protect your home against intrusion
Smartest Home solution for NDIS participants
Smartest Home is registered NDIS provider and delivers home automation and smart home services to NDIS participants across Australia.
Our services include:
- Support of the existing Smart Home system
- Consultation for retrofitting an existing Home Automation system
- Working closely with OTs to provide Smart Home solutions for disabled, elderly and carers
If you are a NDIS Participant, Assistive Technology (AT) may be included in your NDIS plan if:
- it meets the reasonable and necessary criteria.
- it meets your needs.
- it helps you to pursue your goals
NDIS recognises two product risk categories (‘low’ and ‘higher’) to assess the complexity of your AT needs.
- Low risk AT products are:
- unlikely to cause harm in day-to-day life
- available for trial and / or can be purchased in retail stores
- easy to set up and safely use without professional advice.
- Higher risk AT products may be one or all of the following:
- complex, such as a power wheelchair
- known to have caused harm
- used for a restrictive practice
- require professional advice, setup or training for safe use.
Apart from the risks NDIS categorises AT into 4 levels of support:
Level One - Basic Assistive Technology
This category includes Low Cost AT which are safe to use and are easy to setup.Products in this level include: alert systems, adapted grips, mobility, door bells and watches.
Level Two - Standard Assistive Technology
This category of Assistive Technology is available through speciality AT suppliers and require minor adjustments during setup. Products in this range may include hearing and vision devices, grab rails, ramps …
Level there- Specialised Assistive Technology
This level needs more adjustments and modifications to suite participants needs and an assessment is required by an Occupational therapist.Products in this level may include; specialised vision and hearing devices used with PC's and smart equipment like iPads/laptops and smart phones. Environmental control including air conditioning heating and cooling.
Level Four - Complex Assistive Technology
This category requires customised AT solutions and specialist to complete an assessment. It may require complex home modifications.Products in this range could include, voice control, lighting control, residential communication devices and complex environmental control such as heating cooling and AC.
For more information please refere to NDIS website.
In Smartest Home we can assist on providing Smart Home solution on any above levels directly to NDIS particiapats or through disibilaty home builders.
*Smartest Home is the leading supplier of the smart home automation and Z-Wave products and solutions across Australia