Behavior Problems: Monitor Kids, Pets & More
Unfortunately, not everyone behaves like a mature adult around the house. Children, teens, cognitively-impaired elders, and especially pets can get themselves into undesirable, destructive, even unsafe situations:
- Places where they shouldn’t go (the cat’s up on the kitchen counter—again!)
- Inappropriate times and places (grandpa left the back door open, and is wandering at night in the garden)
- Behaviors that can damage your home or contents (the puppy’s chewing on the lamp cord)
- Circumstances that violate house rules (a 15 year old brings her boyfriend home hours before you return from work).
- Dangerous behaviors (pre-teens are invading the liquor cabinet)
- Attractive nuisances, including outdoor swimming pools, spas, fireplaces and fire pits, etc.
A number of smart home technologies can be tailored to address these behavioral situations. Here are some examples:
- Motion detectors or event counters can detect a possibly problematic situation
- Security cameras can provide visual feedback to interpret the alert detected
- Timers can be placed on doors to control time-of use for: garden walks, access to Fido’s food
As parents of our children, responsible children of impaired elders, and responsible pet owners, adults have a duty to keep safe and secure those who depend on us the most. Smart home automation that includes Security Cameras, Access Control, event counters & motion Detectors, and Medical Monitoring technologies can be used creatively to address many kind of problematic behaviors.
For many situations, careful observation (by the homeowner to define the problem), and the creativity of the smart home integrator (in programming the contingencies which will address the problem behavior) may be more important than the specific technology chosen. This is particularly true with regard to elders who are Aging-in-Place.