According to the AARP, 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age. In response to the needs of this population, Lowe’s has launched a special line of smart home products that help seniors to “age in place.” Called Iris Care, the technology will help family members feel secure about their loved ones, even as 82% of seniors plan to remain at home even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance.
Iris Care is programmed to notify a family member when a loved one’s daily routine has been disrupted.
Some of the ways in which members can use Iris Care include:
- Triggering an alarm if a door is left open for a period of time.
- Informing a contact if a loved one has taken medication using a medicine cabinet sensor.
- Indicating when a loved one has not moved or gotten up from bed.
Iris Care integrates with smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo.
Care has been a feature of Iris since Lowe’s launched the smart home platform in 2012. But over the past five years, the Iris team has been refining and enhancing the service, introducing new compatible devices (Iris-branded and third party) and rules.
Especially with the expanding popularity of products like Google Home and Amazon Echo, customers are starting to see the benefits of interfacing with voice-activated technology.