Home technology is being implemented into more and more homes of the elderly and disabled to help them maintain their independence and safety. These "smart homes" allow them to stay in their homes where they feel comfortable, instead of moving to a health care facility or senior living community.
Smart homes can provide many different types of emergency assistance systems, security features, fall prevention, automated timers, and alerts. These systems let individuals feel secure in their homes knowing that help is only minutes away. Smart home systems can also make it possible for family members to monitor their loved ones from anywhere with an internet connection.
Home automation for healthcare can range from very simple alerts to lavish computer controlled network interfaces. Some of the monitoring or safety devices that can be installed in a home include lighting and motion sensors, environmental controls, video cameras, automated timers, emergency assistance systems, communication systems, health monitoring and alerts.