Smart Home Technology for Seniors

Technology for Seniors

Technology can help keep your loved ones safe and comfortable at home

If you have a loved one who is getting older and you’d like to keep them safe and comfortable in their own home, there is smart home technology for seniors that can help. Whether you live across town or across the world, here are some suggestions to help your loved ones and give you peace of mind.

Our smart home technology for seniors is listed by product category. For each category we’ve highlighted the features and benefits and provided Our Pick and other Optional devices. We’ve included links on where to buy, and reviews and/or videos from AppMyHome.

All the product suggestions below are Wi-Fi based, or provide their own hub to connect to Wi-Fi. These devices require a smartphone or tablet, a Wi-Fi router and internet connection to use. A wider range of products that use other communications methods are available, listed in Our Smart Home Devices page.

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Smart Thermostats

Nest 3rd Generation Thermostat
Google Nest Thermostat
  • Easy to install
  • Automatically adjusts to your heating and cooling preferences
  • Accessible from your smartphone, tablet or via Amazon Alexa
  • Turns off your system automatically when you aren’t home to save energy

Our Pick:

Google Nest Thermostat (3rd Generation)

Optional:

Nest Sensor Thermostat 3 pack


Smart Smoke Detectors

Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detector.
Google Nest Protect Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Detects both smoke and carbon monoxide in one device
  • Sends alerts to your smart phone
  • Speaks to you to tell you what is happening in which room
  • Battery or wall power, tells you when battery needs changing

Our Pick:

Google Nest Protect Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm (2nd Generation). Available in wired and battery-powered versions, Our Review


Smart Locks

Kwikset Kevo Touch to Open with Kevo Plus Hub
Kwikset Kevo Touch to Open Lock with Kevo Plus Hub
  • Touch to open lock, or use a key
  • Remote lock and unlock
  • eKeys for guest access
  • Works with Amazon Alexa via included hub

Our Pick:

Kwikset Kevo Touch to Open Lock with Kevo Plus Hub, Our Review, Our Video (CES 2018)

Optional:

Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi Smart Lock (coming soon), Our Video (CES 2019)


Smart Garage Door

MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
  • Open and close your garage door from anywhere
  • Notifications when opening, closing or left open
  • Compatible with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993
  • Works with Key by Amazon

Our Pick:

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener, Our Review


Smart Lighting, Switches and Outlets

Philips Hue Lighting Stsrter Kit
Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs Starter Kit

GE myTouchSmart WiFi Smart, Indoor Plug-in Mini Outlet
GE MyTouchSmart Smart Indoor Plug-in Outlet
  • Bulbs replace your regular light bulbs, outlet plugs into your wall outlet
  • Turn off and on with a schedule, sunrise/sunset or motion/sensor
  • Change the intensity or color of the light bulb
  • Control with your smartphone from anywhere or via Amazon Alexa

Our Picks:

Optional:


Smart Speakers

Echo Show smart speaker with video
Amazon Echo Show
Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation
Amazon Echo Dot
  • Control your smart home with your voice
  • Listen to news, music or watch videos with voice control
  • Add reminders to take medication, remember appointments, etc.
  • Communicate to other rooms with Amazon Alexa, or to other Echos around the world with voice or video

Our Pick:

Amazon Echo Show (2nd generation)

Optional:

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation), Our Echo Dot Review


Smart Doorbells

Ring Video Doorbell Pro
  • See and talk to whomever is at your door
  • Send alerts to your smart phone when someone approaches
  • Record and playback video of visitors
  • Works with Amazon Echo Show

Our Pick:

Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Our Review, Our Video (CES 2017)

Optional:

Ring Chime, Our Review, Our Video (CES 2017)

Maximus Answer Dual Cam Video Doorbell (coming soon), Our Video (CES 2019)


Smart Cameras


Smart Water Monitoring

StreamLabs Smart Home Water Monitor Leak Detector
Streamlabs Smart Home Water Monitor

Guardian Leak Prevention System
Guardian Leak Prevention System
  • No Tools required to install
  • Monitor water flow, receive alerts
  • Detect water leaks
  • Automatically shut off water when leak detected, or shut off manually from anywhere using the app

Our Picks:

Optional:

Guardian Water Leak Detector, 10% off using code “AppMyHome” at checkout in the Elexa shop, provides additional leak sensor, Our Review, Our Video


Nightlights

SnapPower Nightlights and Chargers
SnapPower nightlights
  • GuideLight – nightlight built into an outlet cover
  • USB Charger – turn any outlet cover into a USB Charger
  • SafeLight – transforms your outlet into a child friendly night-light. Equipped with self closing sliding outlet covers.
  • SwitchLight – Nightlight for a single light switch that controls one light fixture. Three light settings.

Our Picks:


For a complete list of products we use in our smart home, including the Wi-Fi router and smart home hubs, visit Our Smart Home Devices page.


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