The advances in technology for assisted living

The construction industry is sometimes criticised for being slow to innovate, but the application of innovation in the sector is not straight forward. Every project is different, none more so than when it comes to developing bespoke assisted living properties for disabled or elderly people.

Advances in technology are changing the way in which we design, develop and build assisted living projects. However, at Bryburn, we are always looking to find new ways to improve our service and end result for our clients, so we are constantly on the lookout for new, life changing technologies to install.

Smart technology is making the average household more and more connected, with a range of functions including lighting, heating and even curtains now controllable from a variety of devices. Technology like this can completely change the quality of life for a physically disabled homeowner or tenant as it will allow them (condition dependent) far more autonomy than ever before.

Below are some of the latest innovations that are improving quality of life in assisted living and disabled developments.

Smart locks

A severely physically disabled person may need to give personal care attendants, nurses, therapists, family members or a housekeeper access to their home on a regular basis to make sure they get the care and support they need.

With this in mind having technology such as smart locks gives disabled homeowners and tenants a safer, more autonomous home life. A smart lock is a much more secure option than a keypad. Keypad locks don’t tell users if, when or by whom they’ve been used, and it can be difficult to change the combination.

Combinations can also be guessed or memorised, but most smart locks allow users to give visitors admin, guest, or temporary access, or even limit the days and times they can enter the house – all via smart phone. The app also allows users to keep a log of who has visited.

Smart outlets and lighting

Smart outlets can help tenants or homeowners avoid the costs of expensive smart technologies by converting their existing appliances into smart appliances. They can be linked to most smart phones and any device plugged into them can that be turned on or off via mobile device or voice controls through a device such as an Amazon Alexa.

Being able turn average household appliances like a dishwasher or kettle on or off remotely means disabled users can complete everyday tasks that they would not normally be able to do.

Smart lighting works in much the same way as smart outlets and allows users to seamlessly control the lights in their house via speech recognition software or smart phone – increasing visibility and accessibility in a disabled home.


Stairlifts have been around since 1920 when they were simple rope and pulley systems and have been gradually developing ever since. Whether it’s the development of a curved track system to accommodate any style of home or adding adjustable seating features, stairlifts have changed a lot over the years.

Modern stairlifts have many new features that can streamline the home lives of the disabled or elderly including being able to control them remotely, security locks to prevent children from playing with them and a function that allows the lift to carry a wheelchair to avoid the user having to move from chair to chair.

Assisted living and Bryburn

At Bryburn we take our customer’s conditions very seriously and are always on the lookout for new technology and innovations to install for them.

Whether it is in a property or properties we are developing for you, or your existing building that you would like updating – we will search and test the best technology to find the system or product that will suit you or your tenants to improve their quality of life.

To find out how we can help you with your assisted living or disability-friendly property contact us now.


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