Smart Home Technology for Disabilities
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is currently being rolled out throughout Australia. As part of the inclusions, a range of smart home products will likely be listed as consumables to better help people with disabilities gain greater independence when at home.
Smart technology can be much more than just gadgets and entertainment that impress your friends. The goal of the smart home is convenience, efficiency, and ease-of-living. Smart technology can transform lives, and for the elderly or those living with a disability, this can be a gamechanger.
SMARTHOMEWORKS provides a range of smart technology that can assist those with disabilities, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will likely see a boost in what is available, and how it can be utilised.
Smart home technology for those
with disabilities in Australia
The NDIS states there are 4.3 million Australians with a disability, and puts a focus on making everyday tasks easier. This is where smart technology comes in.
The following situations can be improved with a range of devices currently available on the market:
- Voice activation allowing occupants to control parts of the home via voice command inclusive of lights, door locks, and more
- Sensors for light activation, air-conditioning and more
- Automation to allow the home to respond to various scenarios like locking the door at night time, etc
These are just some of the possibilities, with many more able to be designed around the user’s specific needs. For example, those with sight issues can utilise smart home technology that is controlled by auditory cues. Smart lighting can be used to alert people with hearing issues to specific events.
The benefits of utilising smart home technology
Smart home technology offers those with disabilities independence and their family members peace of mind. Tech is available to alert those who do not live in the home in cases of an emergency when occupant uses voice command or sensors to activate alarms.
Wearable smart technology can automatically call emergency services or family members in cases where the wearer is unresponsive. With SMARTHOMEWORKS experts helping to design a smart home for your needs, you can learn more about the smart home products and various scenarios that can be designed to assist those with disabilities.
Home automation systems for unique living situations
Our expert team can install a range of smart home technology to help disabled persons live a simpler and more enjoyable life. We handle the fun stuff like entertainment systems and more vital elements like assisted-living technologies.
Thanks to our wide range of options available, we are able to create systems that match the needs of the individual. The primary goal is to enhance home-living in a way that helps people live to the fullest, but we understand that it is important to consider budget restrictions, and certain unique aspects of the home as well.
The most popular technologies we use to achieve this include:
- Internet-enabled devices
- Smart home hubs
- Audiovisual entertainment equipment
- Lighting systems
- Intercom and phone systems
- Alarm systems
- One-touch controls
- And more
The SMARTHOMEWORKS team can work with you to design a home-set-up or range of devices that work within a specified budget and make life simpler for those who need a little help. Simply speak to one of our experts today and explain your needs, and we’ll recommend the latest, high-quality technologies available to help you.
Eligibility for devices with the NDIS
The NDIS will provide funding for anything deemed reasonable and necessary, and in terms of smart devices the following applies:
- The device must provide disability support
- You do not already own the device
- The device is classed as the ‘lowest specification’ necessary to handle the task
- The single device costs less than $600
There are a few exceptions to these rules, and our team will be able to help ensure the devices and set-ups you are considering are eligible with the scheme.