Domotics Designed for Older People

Domotics Designed for Older People: Gerontechnology

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Almost all seniors want to age in place instead of going to a retirement home. Nevertheless, they rarely alter their homes to remain independent. The development of domotics on the silver market has been strongly expanding for some years now.

The term Domotics cover all electronic, information and telecommunication technologies used at home: connected objects, e-health, robotics, etc. It intelligently ensures all security, comfort, energy management and communication functions in a home: a way of simplifying life when living independent or when moving around becomes a difficult task.

Domotics adapted to seniors have a specific name: Gerontechnology. It consists of creating a technological environment to facilitate mobility, health and communication: mobile kitchens which adapt to a person’s height or to a wheelchair, lighting adaptable to sight sensitivity, heaters that anticipate hot and cold temperatures, remote controls or applications capable of manipulating devices from a distance, etc. According to the 8th barometer of the economy (French language) – organized by Ocrip – 75.4% of French people interviewed think that connected objects will be the appropriate tools to ensure that older people can stay at home safely.

Tools to Simplify and Secure Daily Life

Among these new adaptive technologies, one can find essential gadgets allowing us to control all home electrical appliances (appealing to all age groups), but also small objects used on a daily basis like for example, smart pill boxes. They allow you to program your weekly medication intake. An alarm goes off or a light flashes when it is time to take medication. The pill box locks up after each intake, making it impossible to cheat or forget.

55% of French people and 62% of those aged 55 and over are willing to invest in home care services. Security systems have been designed to allow older people who are living by themselves or in couples to remain safe at home. These systems are not limited to fighting against burglary, they also gather information on a daily basis concerning its senior users: sensors capable of detecting falls, movements and inactivity, if a person does not wake up or suffers from a sleep disorder, etc. All data can be recorded on an event log and followed up daily by other family members and auxiliary nurses.

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