David Hill: Author, Survivor, Optimist

We hope you’re all healthy and safe.  Given the challenging times we’re all living through at the moment we thought we’d publish a couple of uplifting stories about two inspiring VHT customers we’ve worked with over the last year. Here’s the first one.

David Hill got his life back after some very difficult times. 

In 2015 David Hill, history buff and author of Hail Inanna, a book about the ancient Mesopotamian goddess, was diagnosed with a condition that affects the spinal disks in the neck. He went in for what was supposed to be a low-risk surgery that tragically resulted in him becoming “C4 Incomplete”. David now has no use of his legs and only partial use of his hands and arms. 

“One of the biggest challenges for anyone with an injury like this is finding ways to gain some sense of independence, a feeling that your life isn’t over, and that you can direct your own life.  The other challenge is the lack of information about the tools that are available to give you that independence, this can be scary”, David said.

David was able to have his home in Tracy, CA outfitted with ramps, a wheelchair and a harness system to help him get in and out of bed. He also has a part time helper to cook meals, keep up the house and run errands. 

In addition to the mechanical aids, David wanted the ability to control the other systems in his home that many people take for granted – door locks, lights, window shades, TVs, security cameras, etc. After some research David decided to contact VHT.

With only partial use of his hands, voice control was critical for David. VHT installed a TV, surround sound system, multi-zone audio, smart lighting, smart door locks, smart shades and video cameras with a Control4 system and integrated it through Alexa using Dot devices for voice control. Now David can open and close his doors, control his lights, blinds and turn off his AV system all with voice commands. This gives him a tremendous amount of independence he would not have had without this level of automation.  

“Most people in my condition have to live in an assisted living facility or be cared for in every way. The automation that VHT installed has been a life-changer, it helps me forget my handicap.”

VHT is very proud to have worked with David and to have the opportunity make his quality of life just a little bit better. 

Please contact us at 925-828-8741 ext 1 for any of your technology needs. We are always happy to assist.

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