Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) with Loxone can extend the lifestyle for residents aging in place at home by means of building automation taking care of everyday tasks. Depending on the needs and condition of the resident, support can always be carried out conveniently by building automation.
More comfort and security
With siblings or parents often caring for family members, they can benefit from building automation acting as another caregiver to the family. Benefits include:
Residents continue living the lives they’re accustomed to, with no longer feeling that they can’t accomplish tasks on their own. Technology runs in the background to take care of lighting, heating, energy management and more. Plus, any changes can always be made remotely in the Loxone App.
If there is ever an emergency, the relatives or caregivers will be immediately notified by phone. For example, if there has been a fall detected.
While balancing a career and family time, it can be tough to take care of it all sometimes. This is why Loxone relieves family members of tasks so they get more time back. Even the simplest instances, such as shutting off a stove or guiding a clear path to the bathroom, can make all the difference if taken care of automatically.
12 ways Loxone enables independent living
Loxone technology can be integrated into any building and be adapted to suit almost any requirements. However, we’ve listed a few of the more common applications we’ve seen in Ambient Assisted Living environments to give you an idea of what is possible.
Old age can result in more visits to the bathroom – especially at night. To help prevent feeling around for a switch in the dark, a soft night lighting mood is automatically brought on when the person gets out of bed. This ensures that the way to the bathroom is well lit – reducing the risk of a fall.
Elderly people can often live alone. In the event of an emergency, it’s crucial that they have the ability to let people know as quickly as possible. A Loxone Touch can be used as an emergency button – installation in every room will ensure that there is always one close.
Electrical device monitoring
An oven or iron accidentally left on can result in a fire. With Loxone, electrical devices can be monitored and, if necessary, be automatically switched off. For example, if it has been accidentaly left on, the hob can be turned off once Night Mode has been activated.
Access for emergency services
If the emergency services ever need to be called, it can sometimes be difficult for them to identify the exact apartment or house in question – then even once they have, gaining entry can be difficult. Loxone can help here by flashing the lights and automatically unlocking the front door if an emergency button is pressed.
With Loxone, you can set individual temperatures for different rooms – this is done on a schedule so rooms are only heated when they need to be. For example, the bedroom is only heated throughout the evening and night as it is unlikely to be used during the day. This can therefore help to reduce energy bills.
High air quality
With Loxone, the overall air quality can be monitored and controlled – this means temperature, humidity and CO2 levels. Meaning that the perfect room climate will always be maintained.
If an elderly relative accidentally gets locked out of their home a family member can remotely open the door for them at any time via the Loxone App. In addition, you can give access codes to trusted neighbours.
Family members often worry about their elderly relatives’ safety. One of the biggest concerns is a potential burglary or a fire. A Smoke Detector and Presence Sensor in every room help to monitor the entire building. If there is a break in or smoke is detected, the alarm is sounded and relatives are immediately informed.
We often shy away from talking about our own medical issues. Loxone can be used to recognised behaviour changes, such as a significant increase in visits to the bathroom. This information can be passed on to a doctor/carer so they can talk directly with the person – rather than them having to recognise the changes themselves.
When leaving a room, the lights are often left on by mistake (this one is by no means unique to the elderly). To prevent this from happening and to reduce energy costs from wastage, with Loxone the lighting is automatically switched on when presence is detected and then switched off when you’re done in that room.
Older people often have to take medication, which is obviously very important for their well-being, on a daily basis. To help in keeping to the routine of taking the required medication, Loxone’s text-to-speech function can play a reminder at a certain time every day.
Technology for daily life
The home takes care of the majority of issues regarding security, comfort and energy-efficiency by itself. The Presence Sensor plays a big role here, detecting motion, brightness and even noise – this forms the basis for automation of important features such as lighting, heating, alarms and much more.