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Make Your Home Smart with These 5 Technologies

By Chris Porter | April 11, 2017

An increasing trend in the technology world is in-home technology for people with a disability to make it easier for them to go about their daily lives. After dealing with their illness, any potential disability lawyer including the long lawsuit if they were hurt due to someone else’s mistake, and further life difficulties, the last thing that should be difficult for someone who is disabled is the home they live in.

With all of the new technology coming to the market and homeowners having them installed, it’s important to have a diverse understanding of this tech market in order to making living conditions more comfortable for disabled clients in their new home. Here are some recent advancements that making day-to-day activities easier for the disable.

Powered Stair Seats

Walking up and and down the stairs is a by-gone luxury for homeowners in wheel chairs and being unable to walk down a flight of stairs can often feel depressing and debilitating. A motor-powered chair is set to a strip that runs along the stairwell and carries the user up and down the stairs easily and comfortably with a button. These are relatively cheap and easy to install compared to the comfort it provides the user.


With Amazon’s newest gadget known as Alexa, it turns any home into a smart-home. This device allows home owners to easily say a command such as ‘turn up the music’ or ‘order a case of Coke’ in order to quickly accomplish a task. This is wonderful for people who need an extra little assistant around the house or an assistant to go out and pick something up. Tools like these do wonders to improve accessibility and Alexa is remarkably affordable.

Home Security Systems

There is increasing advancements in the home security sectors that give home owners some peace of mind and helps them to maintain an independent lifestyle. Modern systems have an array of features such as an alarm system, video monitoring, calling emergency services and more. This is an important first step in helping to make elderly or disabled home owners feel comfortable and relaxed in their environment.

Walk-In Bathtubs

Another and perhaps more commonly used system to help the disabled is walk-in bathtubs. One of the most terrifying day-to-day activities for someone who is elderly or disabled is having to get in and out of the bathtub each day, which often come up to the average person knees, making it a big step to get in and out. By making plans to install in a walk-in bathtub for clients, they can feel safe in taking showers and a hot bath.


Iris is Lowe’s version of Alexa. It has the ability to turn on fans, lights, and even adjust the thermostat in a house. It can easily be set up for the user and has a simple remote to operate the device. If someone is looking for a more practical device to make their home smart, Iris may be their choice over Alexa.

In the past, smart homes seemed like something only the rich and famous could afford. It was the epitome of luxury and class. However, in today’s world, this luxury is more affordable than ever as market forces have lowered the cost of the technology and produced more of it. Today, any home can be a smart home and provide and comfortable and safe environment for those who are disabled.

"Chris Porteous has significant experience in the financial markets with stints at Goldman Sachs, UBS Securities and DBRS. At DBRS, Chris extensively covered the Mortgage Backed Securities market, Covered Bonds and regulatory changes involved in the real estate markets. Chris currently runs a personal Real Estate Investment Trust with over 15 properties located in South Florida."
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