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Technology in the bedroom

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As we age and strive for continued independence in our homes, technology can offer valuable support within the comfort of our bedrooms. From improving safety and communication to simplifying daily tasks, various technological solutions can enhance daily life and offer peace of mind.

Common scenarios and concerns

Lifestyle and equipment options to help you

Improved lighting: Navigating a dark bedroom safely.

Nightlights, motion-activated lights, and adjustable lamps

This can help reduce the fall risk and improve visibility for nighttime tasks.

Enhanced communication: Staying connected with loved ones.

Video call devices, smart speakers

This can improve your social connection and reduce the feeling of isolation.

Boosted safety and security: Monitoring well-being and seeking help.

Medical alert systems and smart home features

This can help provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones and allow for a quick response in emergencies.

Simplified daily tasks: Assisting with routine activities.

Voice-controlled devices, smart plugs, automatic appliances

This can help to promote independence, and reduce physical strain.


Technology for improved lighting and visibility

  • Nightlights: Soft nightlights provide gentle illumination, guiding you around the bedroom safely at night without disrupting sleep.
  • Motion-activated lights: These lights automatically illuminate upon detecting movement, offering hands-free illumination when entering or exiting the bed at night.
  • Adjustable lamps: Lamps with adjustable brightness and positioning allow you to tailor the lighting to your specific needs, whether reading in bed or simply providing a soft glow.

Technology for enhanced communication and connection

  • Video call devices: These user-friendly devices allow you to connect with loved ones face-to-face, fostering a sense of connection and reducing feelings of isolation. Choose devices with large screens and clear audio for a comfortable video call experience.
  • Smart speakers: Smart speakers with voice assistants can be used to make calls, send messages, and even schedule appointments, all through simple voice commands. This can be particularly helpful if mobility is limited or using a phone is challenging.

Technology for increased safety and security

  • Medical alert systems: These systems often feature wearable pendants or buttons that, when pressed, connect you to emergency services or designated contacts. This provides peace of mind and ensures help is readily available in case of an emergency.
  • Smart home features: Smart home systems, including door and window sensors, can alert you or designated contacts if unusual activity is detected, enhancing security and promoting a sense of safety.

Technology for simplifying daily tasks

  • Voice-controlled devices: Voice-controlled devices allow you to operate various appliances, adjust lighting, or set reminders using simple voice commands. This can be particularly beneficial for those with limited mobility or difficulty reaching controls.
  • Smart plugs: Smart plugs allow you to control the power supply of various electronics remotely through an app or voice commands. This simplifies tasks like turning off lights or appliances without needing to physically get up.
  • Automatic appliances: Appliances like automatic coffee makers or kettles can be pre-programmed to start at a specific time, allowing you to wake up to a fresh cup of coffee or enjoy a warm beverage without needing to manually operate the appliance.

Important considerations before adopting technology

  • Individual needs and preferences: It's crucial to choose technology that caters to your specific needs and preferences. Consider factors like ease of use, compatibility with existing devices, and functionality when making your selection.
  • User-friendliness: Opt for technology that is easy to learn and use. Look for devices with clear instructions, intuitive interfaces, and features specifically designed for older adults.
  • Security and privacy: Ensure the chosen technology implements robust security measures to protect your personal information and privacy.

Where to buy equipment and technology to help you in the bedroom

Plymouth City Council, NHS Devon, and Livewell Southwest have jointly commissioned NRS Healthcare to deliver the Safe+Well service, and they have over 2,500 daily living aids that you can purchase by mail order, telephone, or online.

View the Plymouth Safe+Well website

NRS has a dedicated phone line with a trained team of specialists who can answer any questions you might have. Just call 0345 6461860.

Other places to buy equipment from:

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  • Free assessment tool: Select the area of difficulty that is relevant to you. You will then be asked a few questions to guide you towards helpful daily living aids. 
  • Free telephone advice line: Complete the online form, and we will contact you to arrange a convenient time to call.



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