Though smart home solutions may seem like a luxury, they can be genuinely transformative for those with limited mobility. Many technology innovations that are taken for granted—or even disregarded as unnecessary—are vital tools for those who struggle with daily tasks. Separate assistive tech makes people feel alienated while standard smart technology tools offer a more inclusive lifestyle.
Even something as simple as blinds controlled from a remote or an automated door entry solution allows the elderly to age peacefully and those with disabilities to take control of their lives. As Control4 dealers, we’ve been able to use our experience with smart technology to bring innovative tools to residents throughout Austin, TX.
Here are some ways a Control4 smart home creates a better living environment for our clients:
During the day, it’s taxing or not possible for some to get up to turn off lights, adjust the thermostat, or let someone into the house. Remotes and mobile apps allow for easy home control for those with mobility issues.
Now, it’s easier to get through the day without needing to move or get to hard-to-reach cords or switches. For example, if the front door rings, you’ll be able to see who’s at the door from your smartphone and let them in at the press of a button.
No two households are the same, which is why, as Control4 dealers, we pride ourselves on creating customizable solutions. Deploying efficient control tools has such a significant impact on our clients' lifestyles that we want to make sure we get it right every time. Having everything available on an app is a life changer for most, but for people with visibility issues, a tactile option like the Neeo remote may work best. As we outline below, sometimes an entirely hands-off approach is necessary.
While limited mobility is usually associated with walking or standing, hand mobility can be just as challenging for many people. If you or a family member is struggling with rheumatoid arthritis or a degenerative disease like multiple sclerosis, you know how difficult it is even to handle a smartphone. Voice control is an excellent alternative in these situations.
Easily integrate Alexa or Google Home into a Control4 system to use voice commands to adjust the temperature, turn on lights, open the shades, and more. Create scenes you can verbally activate on command for go-to activities like getting ready in the morning, watching a movie, or going to bed.
Under some circumstances, it's best to have your home technology anticipate your needs. Not only does Control4 offer more accessible management tools but essential automation features as well. Door locks, lights, and climate are usually the first to be automated to improve safety and comfort.
Deploy motion sensors that automatically turn on lights when walking into a room to eliminate tripping hazards. Employ geo-fencing for more natural control of door locks and alarms. Geo-fencing uses your smartphone to gauge your location and respond accordingly. Have your locks automatically unlock when you approach your front door, so there's no need to fumble with keys. Your home also prepares for your arrival by lowering the thermostat, turning on lights, and opening the shades to your liking
Enhance your family’s quality of life with technology solutions that boost their comfort and independence. Set up a free consultation with one of our Control4 experts by calling us at (512) 590-0633 or filling out our contact form.
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