Motorized blinds can be a great addition to any home, but there are some segments of the population who particularly benefit. Older people are chief among them. Here are just four reasons you should consider fitting motorized blinds in the home of an elderly loved one.
1. Allows Timed Responses
As the body starts to slow down and get older, it becomes more and more likely that a person will suffer from memory issues. Even if a person never develops a more serious memory-related condition, such as Alzheimer's, they might still find that little things pass them by, including the need to draw all the blinds. With that in mind, it only makes sense to cut down on the number of things they need to do around the house. Many motorized blind systems can be combined with timers that will close the blinds automatically and then open them once again at pre-set intervals.
2. Delivers Additional Security
Unfortunately, the elderly are already at increased risk of being burgled. Criminals tend to see the homes of the elderly as vulnerable targets. There is nothing you can do to prevent that, but you can fit motorized blinds to help deal with the problem. An elderly person will be less liable to forget to close their blinds or put off the task due to mobility problems if those blinds are motorized, and an automated system will even make sure that the blinds will be closed in any case. This will prevent criminals from being able to look into the home, particularly during the night.
3. Prevents Painful Hands from Working
It's no secret that older people often develop arthritis, a condition which can make holding anything in the hands surprisingly painful. Closing blinds mind not seem like a big deal, but it involves many fine hand movements. You need to grip something quite small and then either pull or twist it. This can really hurt the hands of an elderly person, but it isn't something they'll have to deal with when you fit motorized blinds.
4. Works Around Mobility Issues
Most importantly, motorized blinds ensure that windows can be screened off regardless of mobility issues. A person may have trouble getting up and decide to simple put up with the light streaming in through the window in order to avoid the task. If there are lots of windows, or if a window hits the person's TV set or favourite chair with light, this can become quite distressing. This is especially likely for windows that sit in places that are hard to get to, and it's always possible to trip and fall when the room is dark and the blinds need to be open, especially if you're no longer as steady on your feet as you used to be.