Ahh… this is a topic that is near and dear to me since I have family and ‘non tech’ users in my environment regularly.
My mom and my mother in law love coming over since the doors automatically open when they arrive (Kwikset 910). This bit of ‘smarts’ has help when they have groceries, kids, or are unable to find their keys (it happens).
They each have a Smart Things Presence Sensor for identification. I have specific groups of lights that come on when they arrive (and shut off when they leave). I also automate the temperature (CT100) for when they arrive and depart (one likes it hot, the other cooler…). It’s nice to know when they actually arrive at my house, and when they depart, and items in my house shut off as necessary (heaters, lights, etc.)
We occasionally have a family member (Aunt) who stays with us off/on for a few weeks at a time, who has limited movement. I have a nexus 7 tablet with Action Tiles/Smart Tiles… with the tablet, she is able to quickly see who is at the front door, turn on/off lights, lock/unlock doors. It may not seem like a lot, but she really appreciates being able to control, operate and be informed of the environment from her bed.
“For people without a disability, technology makes things easier. For people with a disability, technology makes things possible.” …was her note to me and my family after staying with us over holiday.