Protecting Your Parents (and Grandparents) with Wellness Technology

September 9, 2020

Grandparent’s Day is this Sunday, September 13 and it’s got us thinking about our older loved ones. Many of us have fond memories of our parents and grandparents caring for us throughout our lives, treating us when we were sick, and offering wisdom and love during difficult times. Of course, as life goes on, the roles begin to shift and we find ourselves wondering how we can take care of them as they age.

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More than ever, our older family members and their health are top of mind for us, and yet, at a time when we want to be with them most, we are finding that physical distance is the safest approach. That’s where technology comes in. With Wellness Technology powered by Alarm.com, you can monitor your parents’ health and activities at home, giving you peace of mind while allowing them their independence and comfort.

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Keep your peace of mind 

When worrying about your older parents’ wellbeing, a list of concerns might be running through your head. Are they taking their medication? Are they sleeping well? Have they been getting enough exercise? When was the last time they showered? Have they arrived home safely? Often times, they may not want to worry us and it can be difficult to go through these questions every time you check-in. Thankfully, with Wellness Technology, you can monitor their activities and behavior patterns, even getting notified if something seems wrong. With simple, readily available reports accessible right from your Alarm.com app, you can always rest assured that you know exactly what’s going on with them.

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Their independence is a gift

Finding a balance between independence and care can be tricky and sometimes, a point of disagreement. While we may be concerned about keeping a close eye on our parents and grandparents, 87% of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age. Installing Wellness Tech that connects you to your loved ones’ home provides the best of both worlds. They’ll feel comfortable and free in their own house, while still able to connect with you should they need your help or attention.

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Visit them whenever, and from wherever you are

Of course, our relationship with our older loved ones is more than just worrying and concerns. Spending time with our parents and grandparents, especially as they age, is valuable quality time that so many of us treasure and want more of. According to a recent poll by Alarm.com, “71 percent of us say that we don’t visit our parents as often as we’d like to, and we often encounter challenges in connecting virtually–even though we understand that our peace of mind would benefit.”

While Nana or Pop Pop may not be tech-savvy enough for a smartphone or Zoom call, installing a WellCam is a simple and easy way to get some “face-time” with a simple button. So no matter the distance, you can update them on their grandkids, ask for that recipe you love so much and ask them about their day. Plus, the WellCam is even easier than a phone call – it’s hands-free and since it’s already connected to your device, there’s no dialing required.

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How to talk wellness with your older loved ones

The first step in implementing some of these features is having a conversation. Introducing Wellness Technology to your loved ones’ home may seem like a confusing or even intrusive notion to them. They may question the need for having a camera watch them, but here are a few notes to help guide your conversation.

  • Remind them that this is an act of love. It is very likely that while your parents don’t feel very concerned about themselves, they may be able to understand why you worry.
  • Explain that if you could be by their side physically, you would – but this is the next best thing. Visiting safely these days can be tricky or even ill-advised, and this provides a way to stay connected without risk.
  • It’s easy and doesn’t feel intrusive. Your loved ones may be too old-fashioned for high tech devices, but these barely require effort on their part. Many of the features, like sensors and cameras, connect directly with your own device, so you’ll have access with them needed to do anything. Then, if they want to connect with you, they can do so with a simple button.

Interested in Wellness Home Technology?

Reach out to us at 678-566-2640 or sales@phoenixsystems.tv and a Phoenix Rep will be happy to discuss your needs and options!

Lighting is an essential and powerful element of any home’s design. When designed with intention, lighting can not only make your home feel warmer and more welcoming, but it can increase productivity, highlight your favorite areas of your house, and add character. Plus, choosing the right bulbs and fixtures from your home can impact energy efficiency. 

There are four main types of lighting you should keep in mind when designing or revamping your home. Each serves its own purpose and comes in a variety of options.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination and sets the mood for a room. Typically, it floods the room with lighting from above, from ceiling-mounted lights and ceiling fans. Wall sconces can also provide enough lighting to brighten a room.

Of course, ambient lighting can come in a variety of styles which can work well in larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms. Ceiling lights can be dome-shaped flushed fixtures, or recessed lights for a sleeker and more minimal look. They can be a part of a ceiling fan or stand alone for a bold statement-making chandelier. Or, tall floor lamps can provide excellent ambient lighting, especially in rooms with high ceilings.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is more dedicated to style than function. With the use of directional track lights or spotlights, you can guide the eyes toward artwork or architectural elements within your home that deserve special attention.

This type of lighting can add character to your home, setting the stage for your favorite spaces and pieces to shine. Options like cove lighting can be installed near your tray ceiling or crown molding to bring those features to life.

Task Lighting

There are a lot of tasks and activities we perform in our homes on a daily basic. From cooking and preparing your morning coffee to reading, writing, and working at home. Task lighting can illuminate the necessary areas for you to do your best work. 

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up the counter tops when you’re prepping meals, while also highlighting your beautiful backsplashes, countertop décor, coffee bar, and more. Then, when it’s time to settle in for the night, task lighting by your bedside can help you crack open a good book to wind down.

Natural Lighting

Never underestimate the power of natural lighting within your home. Sunlight streaming in through your windows can instantly make a home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Of course, while we have no power over the sun outside, we can manage the ways we incorporate it into our lighting design through smart shading.

With a variety of fabric options, you can let just enough light in to brighten your home, while also controlling unnecessary glares, or even keeping your bedroom dark and cozy.

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Get Smarter About Lighting

The lighting in your home should feel intuitive and comforting, not cumbersome and overwhelming. With so many lights in your house, it can help to integrate them all into your smart home system. This way, you can manage them all from a single app, or even automate them based on your routines and energy-management needs. Smart lighting systems can even make your home safer, so you never come home to a dark house, and you can deter intruders while you’re on vacation.

 Phoenix Systems offers free consultations with our smart home pros to help design and install lighting solutions that work for you.