Smart devices suit both active retirees and frail homebound seniors
Make your elderly parents’ life more comfortable and secure
Start with our top picks before expanding your smart device collection
One of the hottest audiences for home smart devices is seniors and retirees. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, because you recognize the immense fun and security smart devices will add to your home or, you’re looking for devices to help your frail parents feel comfortable and loved, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of smart devices for seniors!
Amazon Echo Show
A smart speaker is a great choice for anyone. For seniors, we recommend the Amazon Echo Show. Not only can it help answer questions, provide recipes, or play their favorite music, it also has the very cool Drop In feature.
…the Drop In feature lets you set up an approved list of video callers that can call in to a device without needing anyone on the other end to accept the call
Available on the Echo Show and Echo Spot, the Drop In feature lets you set up an approved list of video callers that can call-in to a device without needing anyone on the other end to accept the call. Of course, if you’re letting the grandkids call their Granny, then it would be polite to keep traditional video calling. However, if you’d like to keep an eye on a parent recovering from surgery or not able to walk around in their home much, then the automatic connection feature of Drop In is great peace of mind.
As a bonus, you can also use Drop In to check in on your home while you travel or spend your day playing tennis or bridge!
August Smart Lock & WiFi Bridge
We weren’t fans of the original hulk of a device by August, but the newer smart door locks look a lot better. One of the most obvious advantages of an August Smart Lock is that you no longer need to worry about forgetting your keys when you leave home–or if you accidentally place them in the refrigerator.
…receive alerts every time someone leaves the house and returns, or perhaps an alert if the door is left unlocked.
For seniors that need a little more outside care, then the August Smart Lock gives a family member, friend, or caregiver access to their home for a visit or check-up. In addition, by granting them full admin access, they can receive alerts every time someone leaves the house and returns, or perhaps an alert if the door is left unlocked. The WiFi Bridge is needed in order to have access beyond a cell phone already near the lock.
Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
You could argue that a Nest smart thermostat should be on this list. However, you’ll probably find that most seniors will prefer to keep the temperature at their desired setting and don’t have any issues adjusting it as needed. Instead, we recommend you take a look at the Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
Sends mobile smoke alerts to family members that are not in the home
Not only will a Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm get rid of the need to change batteries, just because it won’t stop chirping at 2am, but it will also provide verbal alarms, mobile alerts to family members that are not in the home, and even light up at night when you walk under them–a smart night light built in! You can get the smart smoke detector in wired or battery versions too!
Teckin Smart Outlets
It doesn’t matter your age, there are some things that are just too hard to reach in order to switch on. With a 2-pack of Teckin Smart Outlets, you can turn on that lamp that requires reaching behind the couch! Or, turn on a desk fan to cool you down while you sleep. How about turning it all off with a single voice command when your kids come to visit when you’d rather watch Poldark? 😉
Turn on a heated blanket at 8pm every night to warm up the bed!
They also have schedule and timer functions so that a lamp can be turned off automatically in case you fall asleep or perhaps turn on a heated blanket at 8pm every night to warm up the bed!
What other smart devices should seniors consider?
Of course, there are many more smart devices seniors could add to their home:
The list is endless.
We wanted to share the ones that we feel are the top choices for elderly parents, retirees that love to travel, or even seniors that have a thirst for gadgets! Just keep in mind you’ll need a smartphone or tablet to set everything up, so maybe add a cheap refurbished iPad to your shopping list too. 😉
What are your favorite smart devices for seniors?