Google Home for your elderly parents? How seniors with mobility or vision issues can benefit from a smart speaker. Control the temperature or call for help with just your voice.
Google Home Smart Assistant
“Hey Google, call Mom”. Worried about your mother? Ask your smart device to give Mom a call.
Follow this link If you want to know how to set up smart speakers to make phone calls.
You can also search for video instructions. As a visual learner, I find it much easier to follow video instructions.
Nurses Like Smart Devices
What triggered this interest in Google Home for seniors?
A few weeks ago one of my news alerts had this teaser headline, “Why Google Home is Perfect for Seniors“. Up to this point I considered smart speakers to be a novelty. There are a few in my home, split between the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
I haven’t (yet) plugged into the whole “smart home” program. I still turn on the lights with my hands and TV with a remote.
Coffee is made in a French press, so no way to make it smart.
According to Nurse Next Door “one of these technologies is Google Home, a voice-activated daily assistant that can control devices around the house, make calls, provide entertainment, and answer over 100 million unique questions. You can link it to the TV, radio, thermostat and more by installing a compatible device and activating connections on your phone’s Home app. This virtual helper responds to voice commands, which means that someone with limited vision or reduced finger dexterity can easily use it.”
Google Engineer Helps Dad with Parkinson’s
I also discovered this story about Stephanie Wilson and how she helped her parents live a fuller life with Google Home and Smart Assistant.
Wilson’s parents, Fred and Linda, live in a condo, and Fred uses a wheelchair. About 10 years ago, the University of Toronto philosophy professor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a degenerative brain disorder that leads to loss of muscle control.
When Wilson heard her father talking about how hard it was to control the lights, she installed smart bulbs around the condo. Now, her parents control the lights by speaking to Google Home.
Link to Stephanie’s video and very moving story.
Hey Google – How Does Medicare Work?
Word of advice. If you ask Google about Medicare you will most likely hear “Sorry, I don’t know that one”.
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