Home automation nowadays is a breakthrough for persons with disabilities. These automations will enable them to fend for themselves without or with very little help from their able family members. If the disabled person lives by himself, these home automations can be a big help for their daily activities. Home automation includes automation for light switches, telephone dialing, door openings, alarm systems and other daily needs like air conditioning and heating. Here is how to find home automation options for your home:
- First thing you should do is to assess the disability. If you have a family member who is immobile without his wheelchair or he is bedridden, you should check if your home has clearances wide enough for your disabled family member to walk pass through them. Your door handles and your light switches should follow the universal design for the disabled to give them ease in operating it. If your home is not following the universal design for disabled persons, this is the time you should start first in following the requirements before fully putting your home on automation. This is to ensure that if the automation fails, it will not be hard for your disabled family member to go around without it.
- Some of your home appliances can pose as risk factors to your disabled family member. Be sure to check the data under the classification of Embedded Health Systems to diagnose which appliance you have that may have a potential risk to your disabled family member. These appliances should be located out of the disabled person’s reach at all times.
- Check online resources on home automation. You can browse through their products like automation on light switches, on door openings and window openings as well as phone automation options. Research well on companies that produce these kinds of automation. Browse through their products to get more information on which automation you should get. If you are on a budget constraint, prioritize on the automation items and get the most important automation first. Always make it a habit to call or contact the manufacturer to get firsthand information about their products.
- Visit the manufacturer’s showroom or ask for a demonstration for it. You are entitled to a full presentation of their product as a customer or as a prospective buyer. Do not allow them to let you purchase automation without actually demonstrating how it works. If you are satisfied with the product you saw, always ask for details on servicing and warranties.
- Visit your local hospital that may carry certain automations that you would want to install in your house. You may go to the hospital’s information to give you details on who installed the automation and where they purchased it. The hospital can give you suggestions on which automation to get to have your disabled family member to function well without needing any help from able persons since the hospital is more equipped in information about disabilities.
Always remember that home automation should be functioning at a simple press of a button. This function should serve its purpose in assisting your disabled member to be independent.