So long story short I would like to get SmartThings and some type of Alexa device into my aging dads house so we can check up on him. He’s physically 45 minutes away for me and 20 minutes for my sister so we are looking for technology to help us out. He is extremely anti-technology, still has a land line phone and currently no internet (no computers, uses a flip phone, etc).
First we are going to get internet installed so that’s hopefully not going to be a issue. But what I’m struggling with is what is the best way to setup SmartThings and Alexa? Do I create a new account for ST (I made him a email address years ago so we can pay his bills online) or add the hub to my account? There won’t be much…probably a motion sensor somewhere, a couple door sensors on his main doors, and if possible I’d replace his thermostat with the simplest thing that can talk to ST (no EcoBee/Nest or anything fancy).
Secondly I want to get him a Amazon Show. I currently have a daughter and he loves seeing her so video chat would be nice. I have a Show and for Christmas I was going to get him and my sister one so we can both check in on him. But he doesn’t have a Amazon account or Prime or anything. I do. In fact I have a “family” prime account. Do I add them all to MY account? Kinda worried something might get messed up if I do that but it would be nice for him to be able to listen to music just by asking Alexa. Maybe I can add them as “kids” to my account so they are limited to what they can do?
If anyone has done something like this and has advice I’d appreciate it. The use case can’t be rare but googling didn’t find many good answers.