It’s often the little things in life that we take for granted – pulling the blinds in the morning to be greeted by the bright sunshine, opening a window to enjoy fresh air and the sounds of the world outside, or even something as simple as opening the front door to invite loved ones into your home.
It was these seemingly mundane tasks that became impossible for Ian after a routine surgery went wrong more than 10 years ago. Now reliant on an electric wheelchair, Ian found accessing everyday environments and carrying out everyday activities to be challenging, but perhaps the most frustrating struggle was accessing his own home. The family had no choice but to start again and rebuild their bungalow home to accommodate Ian’s new way of life. Now, they have a smart home that provides Ian with independence, confidence and peace of mind.
Accessible and automated technology
is becoming more and more common, with over 57% of homes in the UK having some sort of smart device
, such as a smart speaker. But heavy-duty accessible technology can be bulky and unsightly – something Ian and his family weren’t keen on in their new home. Ian is an avid Chelsea Football Club fan, evident through his collection of memorabilia that covers the walls of his “man cave” and his bedroom. He didn’t want the addition of the technology to make their family home feel like the opposite of one, so Jason worked closely with Ian and his family, as well as their builder to provide an end-to-end solution that would give Ian optimal independence while being discrete and unintrusive on the aesthetic of their home.
Automatic door openers were fitted to all external doors which Ian controls using a small fob conveniently clipped to his wheelchair, a button on the internal wall or the security keypad outside. This means that he can now access his home any time, any day, without having to call for assistance. It also allows Ian to be able to look after their dog and let her in and out of the house as needed. The external keypad also allows easy access for carers and means the family can still visit unannounced as they can have their own entry fobs and key codes.