The Situation

DD is passionate about three things in life: her family, traveling, and horses. She grew up on a small farm in Tupelo, MS and spent her entire life riding and showing horses. Then everything changed in an instant, when three years ago, during a routine practice ride, DD had a riding accident. After three days in a coma, DD awoke to a new reality. The accident had caused spinal damage that left DD paralyzed from the neck down. Never one to give up, and with the support of her son, DD went through intensive rehabilitation where she re-learned how to communicate and how to function in her new reality. Her son Thanasis moved his mother into his house and they hired in-home care providers. This created its own set of challenges, including caregiver accountability, that both DD and Thanasis accepted as just part of their new lives- until they discovered Smart Solutions.

The Smart Solution

After meeting with DD and Thanasis and listening to them describe their needs, Smart Solutions developed a comprehensive plan that would empower them both. For DD, the plan included automated lights, thermostats, doorlocks, and security cameras, all of which can be controlled through the Smart Care* app installed on DD’s tablet and controlled by a mouth-held stylus. With this new control panel, DD now has the ability to move from room to room, adjust lights and temperature, turn on the TV, and even check to see who is at the front door. For Thanasis, the plan included cameras throughout the house so that he can check on his mother and her caregivers at any time. Through the Smart Solutions monitoring app, Thanasis can view real-time feeds from any of the cameras – whether at work or traveling.

The Outcomes

Smart Solutions allowed DD to achieve independence. DD, a born hostess, loves the fact that she can easily turn outdoor lights on for her guests, see her guests arrive at the front door, unlock the door, and even turn on music. Thanasis now has peace of mind because he can check on his mom and her caregivers when he is away from the house. DD and Thanasis have embraced their Smart Care* system and the independence it provides. CASE STUDY: DD’S INDEPENDENCE

“I am addicted to this technology. I want to keep exploring and finding new ways to do new things on my own.” -DD