Home automation. Sometimes it’s about making a difference

Over the last few years, there has been a big increase in the number of people looking to add home automation systems to their homes. These systems offer several benefits from reducing your energy costs to making your home safer and more comfortable.


Home automation systems can also provide a level of independence to those who may need support for everyday tasks. Recently Detlev’s partnered with Bloomfield Support Solutions to fully automate the home of one of their clients, Shane, under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


Shane’s disability means that he requires the use of a wheelchair, so the system that Detlev’s installed ensures he can access the TV, dim the lights and see who is at the door from wherever he is in the house. Everything can be controlled from a single device and is a very user-friendly system, which Shane has been loving.


The system, valued at $30,000, was installed for free in conjunction with Schnieder Electric.


The system gives Shane a level of independence back because carers don’t always need to be present. Sensors in the systems can alert carers if Shane has a seizure, a fall, or if has left the oven on.


The installation was part of a flagship program called the Smart Living Program designed to help people who care for ageing family members and those in need of full-time care. Grae Munro, Detlev’s Director, is hoping that people like Shane can likewise benefit if other disability service providers take part in the program.


For disability providers, the program can be a great resource in helping to reduce travel time for carers, save money in the long run, and help to give independence to those they care for.


This program would be able to service older people who would prefer to stay in their homes than go to a nursing home. While the Detlev’s team has won awards for automation projects, being involved in this program and making a difference in the community has been very rewarding.