Assistive Technology & Home Automation Solutions for NDIS Participants

Imagine a home that not only listens but also anticipates your needs, providing not just comfort but true independence. This is the reality of smart home technology — a significant advantage for all, yet profoundly impactful for individuals with disabilities and NDIS participants. From video camera doorbells to smart air conditioners, every smart home device adds a layer of convenience and security. 

Let’s explore how smart home devices enable people with disabilities to enjoy greater independence and safety.

And for a comprehensive guide on the services we provide NDIS participants, please refer to our page specifically on NDIS services.

What is a smart home and how can it empower independence for an NDIS participant?

A smart home employs cutting-edge technology to simplify domestic life. For individuals with disabilities, it extends beyond mere convenience, empowering them to navigate and secure their living environments with greater efficacy.

Consider a scenario where you adjust lights, see who is at the door, or unlock it without having to physically move — this is the essence of a smart home. For people with disabilities, these features offer more than convenience; they represent independence.

Which smart home devices are the most beneficial to someone with a disability or an NDIS participant?

Through our extensive experience in setting up smart home automation and home security systems throughout Brisbane and the south east Qld, we’ve identified the devices that most profoundly improve the lives of people with disabilities. We’re happy to share our findings with you. 

  • Video Camera Doorbell:
    Benefit – See who’s at the door without needing to move.
  • Smart Lighting:
    Benefit – Control lights with your voice or a smartphone app. No more fumbling for switches in the dark. And no more having to switch lights on and off physically.
  • Wireless Security Cameras:
    Benefit – Keep an eye on your home from anywhere. It adds an extra layer of safety and peace of mind.
  • Smart Door Locks:
    Benefit – Lock or unlock your door with a simple command. No need to answer the door physically.
  • Smart Air Conditioner:
    Benefit – Adjust the temperature from your bed or couch.
  • Smart Garage and Gate Opener:
    Benefit – Open and close your garage or gate with just a tap on your phone or through a voice command.
  • Smart Home Assistants:
    Benefit – All smart home devices can be connected to a centralised hub, like Google Home or Amazon Alexa, making the home entirely controllable through voice activation or a single app.

 

the app for a digital door lock installed by smarter homes australia

How each smart home device contributes to autonomous living for NDIS participants

Video Camera Doorbells:

A video camera doorbell is especially useful for someone in a wheelchair. It allows them to avoid the challenge of moving to the door each time the bell rings. They can simply view who’s there and communicate with them through the phone app. This convenience allows them to manage door visits without physically moving, enhancing their sense of control and independence at home.

Or for the visually impaired, the audio feature of the video doorbell is extremely useful. A traditional doorbell just alerts them to a visitor’s presence. Now the person in the home needs to go to the door to determine their identification. How inconvenient and unsettling for a visually impaired person. With a video camera doorbell, they can use the two-way audio feature to communicate directly with visitors without approaching or opening the door. If it’s someone they don’t know or would like them to leave the premises, they can tell them on the other side of a locked door. 

Facial recognition technology, included in all the models we install, adds another layer of convenience and security to the mobility or visually challenged. With facial recognition, the doorbell can automatically identify known visitors, like carers, family and friends. An instant notification is sent to the homeowner through a smartphone app or a smart home assistant, like Google Home or Amazon Alexa. This means they don’t have to move to the door to see who’s there.

Smart Lighting:

For individuals living with visual impairments, navigating in low light can be difficult and hazardous. Smart lighting can be voice-activated or programmed to respond to movement, making it easier to manage lighting without needing to physically interact with a switch.

People with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy might have difficulty with fine motor skills required to operate traditional light switches. The ability to control lighting with simple voice commands or through a user-friendly app can make a significant difference in their daily lives.

Those with cognitive impairments, such as dementia or traumatic brain injury, are likely to find smart lighting systems beneficial. They can help with establishing a routine, bringing consistency to daily life. For example, every evening, lights in a particular area like the kitchen and lounge room, can be set to switch on automatically. This useful feature can enhance safety and save confusion, common for someone with a neurological disorder. 

Smart lighting installed in a home in brisbane by smarter homes australia

Smart Door Locks:

Imagine someone who finds it hard to use their hands because of a condition like MS. Turning a key to open a door can be really tough for them. A digital door lock changes that by offering easier ways to lock and unlock the door. With the use of the fingerprint, they can enter and exit easily. Or type in a code. Or click on their smartphone app. Even speaking a command if the smart door lock is connected to a smart home assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa. 

Plus, if they have friends, family, or caregivers coming over, they can give them a special code to get in without needing to give out physical keys. This way, the person can easily control who comes in and out, making their life easier and more secure.

Or if wandering is a concern for the family or support worker, a digital door lock enhances the ability to monitor in real-time. When the occupant opens the front door, a notification of their exit is sent to the app, alerting the carer to the movements of the person. Now they can attend to the situation instantly before it becomes a bigger problem.   

Wireless Security Camera Systems:

For those with hearing loss, having a security camera system that can send visual notifications through an app represents a significant upgrade to their security level. The inability to hear alarms, doorbells or potential threats is no longer an issue, when a notification of someone’s presence is sent to them in a visual form.

Individuals with conditions affecting memory or cognitive functions, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, can benefit from systems that alert the family, support workers, or caregivers in case of unusual activity. This is helpful when the risk of wandering is a concern. 

Smart Air Conditioners:

People with mobility challenges, such as those using wheelchairs or with conditions like muscular dystrophy, may find it difficult to manually adjust traditional air conditioning units. A smart air conditioner, which can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app or voice commands, can provide them with a convenient way to manage their environment without physical strain.

Smart Garage & Gate Openers:

A garage or gate adds another layer of security to a home but they also come burdened with operating challenges. The physical effort required to manually open and close a heavy gate can be difficult for individuals with muscular disabilities. A smart gate opener allows for effortless operation with just the touch of a button on a smartphone app or a remote control, significantly reducing physical strain. 

Or if motor skills are an issue, a garage or gate connected to a smart home assistant can be operated simply through a voice command. 

Smart Home Assistants:

Setting up a smart home assistant, like Google Home or Amazon Alexa is a truly life changing event. Many people with disabilities find day to day tasks physically challenging, like opening doors, turning on light switches and even using a phone to operate a smart device. With a smart home assistant everything can be set to activate through your voice. Tell the lights to switch off. Set the front door to open on voice command. Ask the air conditioner to turn down to a cooler temperature. 

And if voice command is not your preferred method, a smart home assistant allows all your devices to be operated via a single app. No need to move from app to app, brand to brand, when everything is set up on the one interface and controllable from the palm of your hand.   

Virtual home assistant on the bedside table installed by smarter homes australia in brisbane

Smart Homes are life changing, not just convenient 

As you’ve learnt, smart homes are not just about convenience; they’re about empowering individuals to live independently and securely. With each smart device, tasks that were once challenging become effortless. Whether it’s through voice commands or a single app, controlling your home has never been easier for all of us, but especially for those physically and mentally challenged on a daily basis.  

How Smarter Homes Australia is helping NDIS participants benefit from assistive technology

We’re proud to collaborate with various social service and NDIS organisations including Women’s Legal Service Qld, Domestic Violence Action Centre, Leap in, Clickability. Together with these services we are offering security and home automation solutions to those in greatest need. It’s incredibly rewarding to see our clients achieve greater independence and security through assistive technology. If you’re an NDIS participant or you represent an NDIS participant, please contact us for a free quote or make an installation appointment today. Our expertise is in providing tailored solutions to fit the needs of NDIS participants across Brisbane and the wider region of south east QLD.

NDIS Participants & Home Automation Installation FAQs

  • How do I know what smart home devices I can have installed as an NDIS participant?

This is a question that would be best suited for your support worker, plan manager or occupational therapist. As a company, we are happy to come out and provide an in-person quote and go over all of the benefits that each of our products offer, however this will need to be approved by your team.

  • Who will install the smart home devices, and is installation covered by NDIS?

Smarter Homes Australia is able to provide and install a wide range of smart home devices. For the full list refer to our Services pages online. Our expert team of installers will provide detailed education on how to use each of the products and ensure you are getting the most out of your system by setting everything up to suit your individual needs. In terms of covering installations, each NDIS plan is specific to the individual and this would be a question best answered by your support team.

  • What if I find it difficult to learn the technology?

Our team are experts at providing detailed education on how to use the products we install. On the day of installation, we will provide all necessary setup, programming and education which is all inclusive in our installation prices. If further education is required at a later date, the team can return for in-person training for a fee.

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