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N&N: Hoke Street hosts an Open House to Share New ‘Smart Home’ Technology

Hoke Street Open House1On Tuesday, May 19, the six ladies who live at Monarch’s Hoke Street home in New Bern hosted community guests during a special Open House event. Hoke Street is one of two homes in New Bern to launch a Residential Assistive Technology project, and residents were able to show off the technology that has been installed.

They led personal tours of the home and talked with Monarch friends, local donors and community foundation representatives about how they use the smart home technology every day.

The project, coordinated by Monarch and East Carolina Behavioral Health, incorporates wireless technology with adaptations in the home so the people we support have increased control of their own environment, enhancing independence, safety and self-determination.

For example, at Hoke Street, the lights, door locks and temperature can all be controlled from an iPad. Automated medication dispensers remind residents when it is time to take medication. Motion sensors will automatically turn on hallway lights at night if a resident needs to get up and turn them off after a resident returns to her room.

The technology installed in each home is customized to the needs, abilities and personal goals of individual residents. In the coming year, Monarch will extend the technology into six additional homes in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties.

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