I found the forum today after buying a SmartThings Hub. I need help and suggestions on home accessibility for my blind/elderly parent and my disabled/low-sighted sibling.
We live in a very old home without neutral wires. I am limited to plugin/battery devices. We have iOS devices and one kindle fire so android is out right now,
We have Alexa devices in most rooms. We have some smart bulbs and a smart thermostat. We have an old tv and a Roku. I found a Logitech remote at a thrift store but gave up since it doesn’t drill down into apps like sling.
Today I setup a SmartThings Hub, with connected smoke/CO2 detectors and two ecolink light switches. I’m pretty overwhelmed by all the z-wave devices and what is possible.
What I would like to do is:
when one z-wave smoke alarm goes off have a custom announcement or sound to say where the alarm is. Alexa does not currently do that and I don’t want it only tied to a phone or iPad.
Have a way to ask Alexa for a state - if a plain deadbolt is locked or door/window shut without getting a zwave lock. We have a steel door and a really old sliding glass door.
Give Alexa a command to throw a button or switch or scene to have an alarm sound. I’m worried about hearing across the house (or being at work) if someone falls or needs to summon help. Alexa’s intercom requires you know what the device name is or she stops and verifies device. It I want to have a way to say a command which then sounds an alarm or message to the whole house and to a cell phone.
I would like to be notified via a tripped sensor (at night) if the dog is pacing in a certain spot or hallway. I would need the ability to momentarily disable it if one of us goes through the same hallway during the night.
Detect and warn about motion outside doors (the front porch is covered but the back yard is not) and then take some action (lights, sounds, alarm). Our doorbell is not wired. We have regular dusk/dawn light on the front door and a motion activated flood in the back. Most motion detectors I found had bad reviews or are not listed for outdoor use.
Log and detect what time a pill bottle was moved or opened so they are and I know or can look when they took their meds, I’ve tried so many devices and apps and so far none really work. They either can’t be edited for mistakes, only give alarms and don’t say I found taken…etc. Is there a sensor small enough to fit on a pill bottle?
Any advice or ideas on what devices or solutions you use for accessibility purposes would be great.