• Pet Problems
• Supervising Elders
• Teen Compliance
• Diet Maintenence
Unfortunately, not everyone behaves like mature adults around the house. Children, teens, cognitively impaired elders, and especially pets can get themselves into undesired or unsafe situations:
• Places where they shouldn’t be (the cat’s on the kitchen counter—again)
• Inappropriate times and places (grandpa left the back door open, and is wandering at night in the garden)
• Behaviors that can damage your home or contents (puppy chewing on the lamp cord)
• Circumstances that violate house rules (a 15 year old bringing her boyfriend home hours before you return from work).
As parents of our children, and responsible children of elders, adults have a duty to keep safe and secure those who depend on us the most. Electronic home integration features—including surveillance cameras, remote-controlled door locks, event counters, motion detectors, and pressure pads and switches – can be used creatively to address most problematic behaviors.
For many situations, careful observation by the homeowner to define the problem, and the creativity of the home integrator in programming the contingencies which will address it may be more important than the specific technology chosen. This is particularly true with regard to elders aging in place, and behavioral problems with pets.