By Zachery Eanes – Every apartment at the Cardinal at North Hills, a two-year-old retirement and assisted-living community in Raleigh, comes equipped with a pull cord.

It’s a feature that is meant to alert staff in case of accidents, like a medical emergency or a dangerous fall.

But resident Libby Powell has always worried that if she were to fall in her own apartment she wouldn’t be able to reach the cord.

“If you fall in the middle of your apartment you are not going to want to drag yourself to the cord,” Powell, 76, said.

Now, thanks to a partnership between the operators of the community and a Raleigh-based startup, that fear is no longer in the back of her mind. If she were to fall now, she says, she wouldn’t have to move at all. Instead, she would simply have to shout, “Hey, Alexa…”

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