Smart Homes For The Disabled: An Expensive Luxury Or A Necessity?

Accessible Homes For The Disabled

Our homes are safe, comfortable place where we can feel secure and live independently. Accessible homes should be the same for the able-bodied or physically challenged. Builders and designers have long tried to adapt homes to suit the needs of physically challenged clients. But even then the residents can find unexpected problems that limit their mobility, or their ability to enjoy the home.

One thing also needs to be taken care of that how plumbing and wiring home should make so that it will be accessible for somebody in a wheelchair. The rise of smart, accessible homes means that not only able-bodied people control their home and liking in a convenient way. But physically challenged people should also be able to enjoy the same privileges. The problem is that cost and accessibility are getting in the way.

Comfortable Smart Homes For The Disabled

Accessible Homes

Electronically controlled homes take a lot of the hassle out of running a household or moving around. We could move the light switches down a few inches for easier access. We could get rid of conventional switches altogether. It provides internet-controlled lighting, heating, air conditioning and a whole host of other applications.

There are amusing bits of tech out there that can make a massive difference to the lives of physically challenged homeowners. This can be as simple as an app for controlling the thermostat or a video screen on the door and as complex as motion sensors on the electrical plugs and light bulbs. These bulbs can change the color by itself because of these sensors.

A smartphone-controlled locking system, video entry, and other mobility features. It can offer a meaningful sense of security to the already vulnerable. Something as simple as not to push open a heavy door or handle a tricky lock. It could make a massive difference for people with motor control issues or missing limbs.

In theory, the possibilities should be endless with new advancements in smart home tech. But many physically challenged people are missing out on available homes and move left with inadequate adaptations.

Some Charities Are Creating Some Impressive Projects, But They Are Expensive And Few And Far Between.

Luxary Accessible homes

 

Living Resources, a non-profit organization, created a disabled-friendly home in New York. This charity built a six bed home where everything operated via an iPad. There were automat safety features on the stoves.

 The problem here is that the house cost $600,000 to build and $100,000 in tech. Tunnel to Towers has built smart homes for a little less – 400-500k.

But these homes are specifically for disable veterans that have lost limbs in conflict. There are 57 million disable Americans but just 5.6 million smart home installations. Apparently, this tech is being underutilize.

Part of the problem here is the cost. It costs hundreds of dollars to add some of the more well-known software applications to a smartphone to control a home. Here is something that many physically challenged and disadvantaged homeowners simply cannot afford.

Another issue is that the major companies that create these smart thermostats. Another piece of tech such as Nest isn’t doing so with physically challenged people in mind. A Nest thermostat is for the wealthy homeowner that wants a bit more convenience. Control while they are away from the home.

They could be focusing on affordable products for those that need them, but this doesn’t seem to be a priority right now. AT and T, for example, has created a monitoring system for elderly relatives. That tracks movements and alerts families about changes in their routine.

That is useful, but it still target towards the wealthier, able-bodied users than the vulnerable. These companies could take a leaf out of Comcast’s book. They have appointed a blind man as their Vice President for accessibility. They are looking at remote controls and recording technology for the blind.

Smart Homes Are Just What Many Disadvantaged People Need To Live Their Lives To Full; There Just Aren’t Enough Accessible Homes.

Accessible Kitchen

Accessible homes are necessary for the physically challeng people if the wider disable population are to benefit from these technological advancements. This means providing greater accessibility of products and larger opportunities by lowering prices. Getting insurance companies on board and making it easier to build and adapt a smart home. The technology sees in these one-off projects; it now needs to become mainstream.

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