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Environmental monitoring and control

If the person you’re caring for has difficulty controlling household appliances, reaching for curtains or using doors, there are plenty of tech solutions to help them live independently for longer.

With these devices they can manage their home environment more easily using apps, centralised controls or with voice activation.

Heating and lighting control

What are they?

These are smart switches and dimmers for lights that work alongside phone apps for flexible controls. You can also get wireless thermostat control or thermostats controlled through phone apps. There are also motion sensor lights that are activated when someone gets up or enters a room.

Who are they for?

For people with mobility restrictions, who live independently or spend time alone in the house. It can give the person you care for control of their surroundings.

Where to get them

  • Specialist health and care product providers (incl. online retailers/marketplaces)
  • Other online retailers/marketplaces
  • Independent product providers
  • Home or electrical stores
  • Energy providers

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Voice activated devices and systems

What are they?

These are systems that use voice commands to control appliances or electrical items in your house, such as your heating, lights, television or even to order a taxi.

Who are they for?

This can enable someone with restricted mobility or ability to control appliances to function independently around the home. It does require that their speech is not impaired.

Where to get them

  • Online retailers/marketplaces
  • Independent product providers
  • Home or electrical stores

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Door/entry lock control

What are they?

Door control can help someone to leave and enter their house. Electronic door locks that require a code to open them can be used to keep someone safe in their home and can be used by trusted professionals as well.

Who are they for?

These can be used for people with restricted mobility or people who might wander. They can be used at night, if you need to leave the house for work or don’t live with the person you care for.

Where to get them

  • Specialist health and care product providers (incl. online retailers/marketplaces)
  • Other online retailers/marketplaces
  • Independent product providers
  • Home or electrical stores
  • Security product providers

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Door video system

What are they?

This can enable someone to see who’s calling without opening the door, so that they don’t answer the door to unknown callers.

Who are they for?

People who may find it difficult to get to the door or for vulnerable people who may not want to answer to someone they don’t know.

Where to get it

  • Specialist health and care product providers (incl. online retailers/marketplaces)
  • Other online retailers/marketplaces
  • Independent product providers
  • Home or electrical stores
  • Security product providers

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Voice prompt systems

What are they?

These use motion sensors to play back recorded messages reminding someone of important things, for example to take keys as they leave the house.

Who are they for?

These can be used to encourage independent living if someone has trouble remembering essential things.

Where to get them

  • Specialist health and care product providers (incl. online retailers/marketplaces)
  • Other online retailers/marketplaces
  • Independent product providers
  • Home or electrical stores

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Smart appliances

What are they?

These include smart ovens, fridges, washing machines and driers, even microwaves or a coffee maker. They can be controlled via an app on your phone or tablet.

Who are they for?

Anyone with restricted mobility or trouble using home appliances could benefit from smart controls.

Where to get them

  • Online retailers/marketplaces
  • Independent product providers
  • Home or electrical stores

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Home automations

What are they?

Electric shutters, rollers and curtains can help someone with hard to complete, everyday activities.

Who are they for?

These simple electronic solutions could help anyone with restricted mobility or difficulty with reaching curtains or blinds.

Where to get them

  • Online retailers/marketplaces
  • Independent product providers
  • Home or electrical stores.

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Special phones

What are they?

Smartphones or specially designed telephones that can be programmed only with essential numbers or photographs of known people instead of numbers.

Who are they for?

People who have problems using small telephone buttons, trouble remembering numbers or people’s names.

Where to get them

  • Specialist health and care product providers (incl. online retailers/marketplaces)
  • Other online retailers/marketplaces
  • Independent product providers
  • Home or electrical stores

"The phone was easy to set up and now Mum can contact me using the telephone which she was unable to do using her old conventional phone."


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