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Family of nine takes care of mom

Growing up, family meant everything to Eddie Fields, the seventh of nine siblings who was raised in a small town in New Jersey. The glue that kept the family together was Eddie’s mother Florence, who for decades nurtured and looked after Eddie and his siblings.

As Eddie grew into an adult, he noticed a gradual change in who was administering the caregiving. As Florence’s health started to become a concern, Eddie and his siblings began looking after their mom.

Eddie needed a way to stay connected to his mom as she lived independently in her own home. He researched Iris by Lowe’s and learned how it could help him look after his mother.

With the Iris Care feature, family members are notified when a loved one’s daily routine has been disrupted so they can take the necessary measures to keep them safe and happy in their familiar environment.

Eddie’s family isn’t the only one going through the challenging role-shift of becoming a caregiver. Taking care of aging parents who require day-to-day assistance can be a big undertaking for people, especially while maintaining a work schedule and a home of their own.

According to the AARP, 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, even if they begin to need assistance. As technology advances, more monitoring and caregiving solutions are becoming available to families who need them. A huge benefit is that loved ones can age in place as such technology aims to make their environments safer and more accessible.

Eddie and his family have easily implemented Iris in their everyday lives. “With Iris, I have confidence that my mom is safe at home which gives me peace of mind.”

Check out Fresh Thinking to read more about smart home technology and the other ways Lowe’s is using innovation to help customers love where they live.