I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet
August 26, 2011 Leave a comment
I’m sure by now most of you have heard or felt the earthquake that struck several states on the east coast Tuesday. The quake prompted more than 100 people to call 911 after it hit in South Carolina near the state line with North Carolina.
While we were doing our routine customer checks from our North Carolina office, we came across an interesting twist on how a SimplyHome System provided one family with peace of mind during the earthquake.
I’m Miles From Home…Is My Mother OK?
One SimplyHome customer, living in Maryland, has a standard SimplyHome System. It consists of motion sensors in the bathroom, bedroom, den, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, living room, and music room. There are also sensors on the front and back door and a bed pressure bad, along with a floor pressure pad.
The customer has a daughter who lives about an hour away and a son who lives in Orangeburg, SC, about 10 hours away. Her daughter tends to worry a lot and needed a way to get some peace of mind when she couldn’t be with her mother. Her mother is in her late 80’s and still very active, although she no longer drives. She does have issues with her spine and instability. As a result of having surgery, her neck stiffens and she is no longer able to look up and tends to rock back if she does.
Her kids installed the system to allow their mother to stay in her own home. Before the option of technology, they were contemplating putting her into an Assisted Living facility. Their mother has neighbors that she has know for many years who keep a watchful eye on her as well.
Unintended Benefits-What a Relief!
The customer was at the doctors office when the earthquake hit Tuesday which struck panic in her daughter who was about an hour away. She quickly made a phone call to her brother hoping maybe he could check on their mother. Unfortunately when she got a hold of her brother, he too was unable to communicate with their mother and worried as well. He was able though to go online and see that the front door had opened at 3:36 pm (mother getting home from the doctors) and able to see what motion sensors were being activated, indicating his mother was safely moving about the house.
What a relief!! He was able to tell his sister that their mother was fine and they were relieved that through technology they could access such valuable information and in real time.
This was an unintended use of the system but one that gave this family peace of mind and comfort within minutes.
Concerns Addressed by This System
The primary concerns for this individual, who lives by herself are safety/falls, leaving the home for long periods of time, and sleeping patterns.
Safety: Motion sensors are installed throughout the home so her kids can go online and see that their mother is up and about throughout the day. If there are long periods of time where there is no movement, an instant notification goes out to her kids so they can respond. Having this information is invaluable in knowing if their mother has possibly fallen.
Egress: This particular system is set up to send a notification if the front or back door is opened and then not opened again for longer than 1 hour.
Sleeping Patterns: Pressure pads were put in the bed and bathroom. The pad in the bed sends an alert if she is out of bed after 11pm and before 6am so someone can make sure she is ok. The bathroom pressure pad sends an alert if she is in the bathroom more than an hour and when the pad has been activated more than 6 times a day.
Some closures, inspections expected to continue through Thursday
A day after the largest East Coast earthquake in more than 60 years, Marylanders continued to deal with the fallout, as officials assessed the effects on buildings and infrastructure, transit riders saw delays and some federal workers and public school students got an extra day off.
Although the tremor lasted for just a few moments Tuesday afternoon, damage prompted a Fells Point church to relocate services. State inspectors were busy assessing roads and bridges as the region braced for the predicted weekend effects of Hurricane Irene.