Button to Trigger Alexa Routine

In my DIY solutions to the challenges of my older relatives, I often use a “Button” to trigger an Alexa Routine. It keeps things simple, and avoids them needing to remember a specific “phrase” to speak. However, it is not so easy to find the right button. This solution explains the options, and which buttons I prefer.

Inadvertent Screen Touches and Button Pushes

One of the Longevity Explorers found a problem when her mother (in a nursing home) kept inadvertebtly touching the screen of her Echo Show, disrupting the video call. Here is my solution to that problem.

Smart Plug with Auto Shutoff

Isn’t there a simple solution using a smart plug with Alexa to turn the plug off after a fixed time? Yes, and this describes how to set it up.

Dementia Door Minder

The Dementia Door Minder is a solution to the problem that arises when a person with dementia gets up at night, leaves the house, and wanders off.

Dementia Bed Minder

This solution notes when a person with dementia gets out of bed, and can guide the person to the bathroom, remind them to return to bed if they stay up longer than desired, and alert a caregiver if they stay up too long, but avoid unnecessary alerts if the activity is within parameters set by the caregiver.

Detect Water Leaks, Shutoff Water, Alert Me

I wanted a solution that not only “detected” when there was a water leak at my elderly parent’s house, but also could automatically shut off the water in certain situations before major damage occured. Here is my DIY solution, using sensors and a controllable valve.

Smart Thermostat, Dementia or Poor Vision

Smart Thermostat, Dementia or Poor Vision

I needed a smart thermostat to help overcome problems of an elderly relative with dementia and low vision. I ended up creating a solution that combined a commercially available thermostat with some DIY automation using Alexa.

Stove Auto Shut Off and Alarm

Stove Auto Shut Off and Alarm

Based on the personal experiences of my two Aunts and my sister-in-law, I have seen the need for a “stove minder” as mentioned in the “problem statement” from another Longevity Explorer.

Auto Shut Off Faucet and Leak Sensor

Auto Shut Off Faucet and Leak Sensor

I was worried about water leaks and about forgetting to turn off the water, so I installed an auto shut off faucet and a water leak sensor. Here is how to do it.