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Smart Door Locks for NDIS Participants

The ability to operate your front door without the need for physical locking and unlocking, thanks to the assistive technology of a digital door lock, is hugely beneficial for NDIS participants facing mobility constraints, such as wheelchair users. For many it’s life-changing, bringing them independence and an improved quality of life at home. 

We’ve had the privilege of introducing digital door locks into the homes of individuals with disabilities, seeing firsthand the impact of this smart home automation technology. These digital door locks have brought about significant enhancements in convenience and security for many, in the following ways.

Smart door locks make door opening easier

If you’re in a wheelchair, just the physical act of getting to the door is a hassle. Then reaching the knob to open it can be challenging. Imagine if you’re in a wheelchair or using an aid to walk and the doorbell rings. Getting to the door takes time, let alone the physical risks of rushing to answer the door and seeing who’s there. 

If your hands struggle with fine motor skills or it’s a challenge to use or twists your wrists, it might be difficult to click open the deadbolt or use a regular door handle.

These are the challenges that a smart door lock overcomes. 

A smart door lock is operational in multiple ways:

  • Smartphone or tablet. Someone is at the door. It can be opened via the app, from wherever you are. 
  • Voice command. By connecting the digital door with your smart assistant (like Google Home, Amazon Alexa), you can simply tell the door to open. 
  • Keypad or fingerprint. With a smart door lock you can grant access to your familiar group like family, friends, carers. They can enter and exit using the keypad or their fingerprint.

 

the many ways of entry with a smart door lock installed by smarter homes australia

Smart door locks enhance security for NDIS participants

Smart door locks provide additional security features to the regular door lock. For one, it’s a deadbolt, making it very challenging to break. The technological security features it provides include:

  • Alerts when the door is unlocked.
  • Can be set to lock automatically after the door is closed.
  • Eliminates the need for a spare key to be hidden in the garden, which can potentially be found by an intruder.

These features upgrade the security of the home, offering peace of mind to the resident, the family, friends and carers.

Smart door locks mean no more lost keys

Losing keys is a common issue for everyone. With a smart lock, there’s no need to worry about misplaced keys or keys getting into the wrong hands. A smart lock is operated by a keypad and code. Or have the fingerprint model installed, and entry by your finger is included.

Digital door locks enable remote access and control 

Individuals can grant access to caregivers, family members, or emergency responders without needing to physically unlock the door. This feature is invaluable for ensuring timely assistance, especially in situations where reaching the door themselves isn’t possible. 

Grant access with a digital door lock for a limited time

Temporary access codes can be given to visitors, healthcare providers, or service personnel, which can be easily changed or revoked. This eliminates the need for spare keys and enhances control over who enters the home.

Which NDIS participants can a digital door lock provide assistance and convenience

Mobility Impaired: 

  • Not having to physically open the door greatly benefits individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers, or have difficulty moving around. All our smart door locks have keypad entry, allowing access to be granted to as many as 100 people. Codes can be granted for a limited time and can also be revoked at any time. Monitoring the access is easy, allowing you to see who entered and exited, enhancing the individual’s feeling of security and independence.

 

Visually Impaired: 

  • For people with limited vision, finding the keyhole and inserting a key can be frustrating and difficult. For the visually impaired we have found the fingerprint smart lock model the most beneficial. It’s a simple action of touching one spot and waiting a second for your fingerprint to be checked. When your fingerprint is recognised, success is alerted by a tone. Or if the fingerprint isn’t recognised, a virtual voice lets you know access has not been granted. This model also has a keypad for code entry with number buttons that are large and tactile.The benefit of either model (fingerprint + keypad or keypad only) is you can grant access to your circle of family, friends, and carers, making it possible for them to enter without you having to physically open the door for them.And we have models that are compatible with Apple HomeKey, allowing you to unlock the door by presenting your watch or phone to the smart device.
     apple homekey compatible with a smart door lock installed by smarter homes australia

 

Dexterity and Motor Coordination Disabilities:

  • Conditions like arthritis, cerebral palsy, or any condition that affects hand strength and coordination can make turning keys or the door knob challenging. All the digital door locks we supply are operated by touch either entering a code to the keypad or using your fingerprint.It’s a significantly easier way to unlock the door.

 

Cognitive Impairments: 

  • Misplacing keys happens to us all but for individuals with cognitive impairments, such as dementia, managing keys becomes a daily inconvenience. And the challenge might be more than lost keys. Sometimes remembering to take the keys or how to use them properly can be an issue. A smart lock removes this struggle. Entry is now with a code or your fingerprint.And the automatic locking and remote lock monitoring features are highly beneficial, providing both confidence for the user and peace of mind for their caregivers.

 

Hearing Impaired: 

  • While opening doors and turning keys aren’t typically challenging for the hearing impaired, digital door locks enhance security. Not being able to hear your surroundings clearly poses a threat to your personal safety. The digital door locks we install are all deadbolts, rather than a standard door closure, for added security.And notifications of entry and exit are sent to your smartphone or smart watch, keeping you up to date in real time through vibrations.

 

How Smarter Homes Australia is helping NDIS participants enjoy independence in their own homes

We’re thankful to be able to improve the lives of many with the use of smart technology in homes. It’s brought us great job satisfaction to work with so many individuals and families, tailoring smart home solutions to fit their needs. Through this experience we’ve learnt the multitude of benefits smart technology, like a digital door lock, can deliver. It would be our pleasure to do the same for you.

If you’re not sure which smart devices are suitable for your home situation, we offer free quotes. We’ll visit your home, assess the situation and provide you with a cost effective plan. Please contact us and schedule your free quote or installation today. 

Smart Door Locks for NDIS Participants FAQs

  • Do you work with NDIS participants?

Yes we do, all the time. Refer to our specific guide to NDIS participants for more information.

  • Can a smart door lock be integrated with other smart home devices?

Yes a smart lock can be integrated with other smart devices such as the video doorbell. By doing this the user can see who’s at the front door and then unlock it remotely, bypassing the need to physically approach the door. Additionally, smart locks can integrate with voice assistants, like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, offering NDIS participants the convenience of controlling their home locks using voice commands.

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