With more and more IT companies introducing smart home systems, the range of services and devices available has expanded to such an extent that it seems to cover almost any aspect of living in a house and being a homeowner.
One of the key fields in which a smart home system may come in handy is situation and health monitoring.
Imagine you can relax and watch your favorite movie at home with no one to bother you—and no one to call an ambulance, should something happen. If you feel as if something is burning in your chest, lie down and bend. There is something in your posture that makes it obvious: the person needs help ASAP.
A tiny camera installed on a wall is looking at you with its only eye wide open. It detects all your moves and analyzes your posture. Once it has realized you are not feeling well, it sends an S.O.S. signal to a special team, the members of which decide whether it’s a false alert or the person living in this house really needs help.
As soon as they make sure there is something serious happening, they will call an ambulance – just that easy.
Advanced systems for the elderly
A system like the one described above is not the only solution available: medical alert systems can be stationary and mobile. There are wearable devices capable of tracking movement, blood pressure, heartbeat rate, and other parameters, and notifying when something goes wrong.
Med alert systems can prove to be useful regardless of user age, though the elderly may benefit from it even more because they are more likely to suffer from a disease or experience an emergency situation. It is especially true if a senior is single.
The elderly are prone to a lot of issues: strokes, heart attacks, fainting, falls and other things can strike suddenly, and if there is no help, such a person can even die. That is why wearing or installing a medical alert system is a good solution that can help you monitor your elder relative’s health condition without inconveniencing him/her too much.
According to statistics, one out of three seniors above 65 years old fall every year. It is often the case that falls result in injuries because the older you are, the more fragile your bones get.
Hip fracture is very difficult to treat in seniors, and in most cases, there are only two options: either the senior will not be able to walk at all, or an expensive surgery can be performed. Even the most advanced devices cannot prevent falls, but they can report the problem so that ambulances can come to the rescue and try to minimize the consequences.
Benefits for the young
There is no doubt the health aspect of such systems’ work can be used by both the elderly and the young, as you never know what is going to happen to you. However, the capabilities of smart home systems are not limited to reporting emergencies only: you can monitor the temperature in different rooms to make sure you will not get cold in any of them.
Another health benefit of smart home systems is that you can control lighting. It’s widely known that sleeping in a dark room is preferred over leaving the lights on, so if you feel like watching TV and doubt you will not fall asleep in the middle of the movie, you can have your system track your heart rate, breathing and other parameters to turn off the lights when you fall asleep.
Besides, it can imitate dawn, which can help you wake up easier. In winter, when it is still dark in the morning, it’s much more difficult to resist the temptation to stay in bed.
It has been revealed that light affects our sleep and waking up gets easier if it’s getting lighter gradually, like in sunrises. Here is when smart systems can come in handy too.
If you have never heard of smart home and medical alert systems, we recommend that you do some research and find out what offers there are: many of the systems available can help you manage your home issues more efficiently and benefit your health.