Smart home devices provide convenience and independence for ageing adults and people with mobility challenges to live independently at home, control their living environment, entertainment, and communicate. These devices and their associated services enable people with mobility challenges to connect with their families, turn on lights, control their TV, adjust their beds and much more. Below are some must-have devices for living independently at home.
- Voice assistant or smart speakers: there are a few options, such as the Google Assistant or Google Nest Hub Max. These voice assistant devices offer features to control lights, aircon and other devices by voice. They can also be used as a day planner, an ultimate media hub to play your favourite music, movies or show your family photos, as well as connect with family members or friends, no matter where they are
- WIFI router: since most of the smart devices are cloud-based, having a robust wireless network is crucial, which ensure the functionality of these devices
- Voice-controlled TV: Via the voice assistant, people with mobility challenges can manage their smart TV such as turning on, off, change the channels, turn the volume on or off, and navigate to their favourite channels
- Voice-controlled bed: enables people with mobility challenges to adjust their bed by voice to the position that makes them feel most comfortable. They no longer need to rely on the bed pendant or worry about breaking it; Now, they can give voice commands, and their bed is repositioned to their preference
Setting up a high-tech home for independent living can be complicated, not to mention the maintenance aspect. What often happens is when these devices stop working, people tend to abandon them altogether. Therefore, it is essential to make sure these smart devices function as they are supposed to, and when they stop working, remote support and troubleshooting are available.
If you own a Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display, here are helpful voice commands for your daily routine. Download the poster and print it out at your convenience!