SimplyHome, LLC Receives the 2012 Stephen E. Sallee Award of Excellence for Assistive Technology

The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program Grand Advisory Council awards SimplyHome, LLC for their significant contribution to the field of Assistive Technology.

The Grant Advisory Council of the NC Assistive Technology Program recognizes individuals, professionals, and organizations that have made significant contributions to the lives of people with disabilities through their efforts in the field of assistive technology.

awardSimplyHome is honored to be acknowledged for our contribution to furthering access to assistive technology devices and services for North Carolina citizens with disabilities.

SimplyHome defined an entirely new market and use for assistive technology. Beginning in 2003, when home automation technologies mostly catered to security needs and making life more comfortable and convenient, Allen Ray realized an opportunity to give greater independence and improved quality of life to individuals with disabilities while passing on the savings to state Medicaid plans and individual families.

“We are humbled to receive this award and inspired to make a difference in as many lives as possible. We especially recognize that this is a team effort, ” says Allen Ray, SimplyHome CEO.

SimplyHome has helped transform Medicaid reimbursement methodologies in several states through their proven high quality care delivered at a fraction of the traditional care delivery methods. SimplyHome’s application of technology, paired with appropriate caregiver supports, has single-handedly enhanced the care and options of people who are aging or have a disability.

“We have worked very hard the past 10 years to use assistive technology to improve the quality of life for persons challenged by aging concerns or disability and to remain fiscally responsible. We are thrilled and privileged to receive this award,” says Drue Ray, SimplyHome Vice President.

The Gift of Love

This time of year brings with it visits to family near and far.  The holidays offer us the opportunity to connect with people we haven’t seen in awhile and also check in on how loved ones are doing.

As family members age, we often see distinct changes in health and living patterns from visit to visit, and we may become concerned with their level of independence.  What indicators might suggest that loved ones need assistance or technology for aging in place?

  • Change in physical appearance—Have they lost or gained a noticeable amount of weight?  Are they taking care of their general appearance such as being dressed neatly or brushing their hair?
  • Changes in routine—Are they engaging in their regular eating, toileting, and bathing activities?  Have they become more sedentary?  Do they avoid certain activities due to pain or disinterest?
  • Changes in social status—Have they become more isolated?  Do they find excuses for avoiding activities outside of the home that used to be meaningful to them?
  • Changes in mood—Do they seem more irritable, withdrawn, sad, or quiet?  Are conversations reduced to simple yes/no responses?  Do they refute everything you say, OR do they agree to everything because it’s easier?
  • Changes in health—Do they have any noticeable memory, ambulation, or speech issues?  Are they refusing medical care, OR are they accessing more medical care than before?  Are they taking too much or too little medication?

photo(4)Granted, not all of these issues indicate that individuals need to move to assisted living   With the number of wellness products and sensor systems in the market today, technology can provide dignified and affordable solutions for aging in place.

  • Medication dispensers can remind individuals when it is time to take medication as well as be linked to a care center that can notify family, if needed
  • Wellness monitoring tools such as blood pressure cuffs, glucose monitors, and pulse oximeters collect health data in confidential online health files and send notifications should an individual’s status exceed the predetermined thresholds
  • Wireless sensor systems utilize door/window contacts, bed pressure pads, and even stove sensors to promote independence with activities of daily living

While conversations around these concerns can be difficult, I often encourage families to have them sooner rather than later.  Being proactive offers individuals the opportunity to have a plan in place without having to make impulsive decisions if a crisis occurs.

Cameron Kempson, M.Ed.

Cameron is the Client Care and Education Specialist with SimplyHome.  She has worked with families in the fields of aging and disabilities for more than 20 years.

Are You Aware of How Assistive Technology Can Help Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease?

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

The Facts on Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2012, 1 in 8 adults over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Another American develops the disease every 68 seconds, and it is estimated that by 2050, up to 16 million will have the Alzheimer’s.

The estimated costs of caring for this population in 2012 will total more than $200 billion.  In addition, more than 15 million family and friends will provide at least 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $210.5 billion.  Clearly, Alzheimer’s disease is not only an emotional stressor for caregivers and families, but a financial one as well.

How Can Assistive Technology Help?

The primary goal for integrating assistive technology into an Alzheimer’s care plan is to offer support to the family members offering care.   Products and services available in the market today can address issues such as wandering, safety, and medication compliance.

At SimplyHome, we work with families and caregivers to develop customized systems of care.  Products range from GPS watches to medication dispensers to our wireless SimplyHome System.  Along with equipment, our services also include:

  • Offering environmental controls to develop independence with home living skills
  • Customizing wireless sensor systems that alert individuals, families or service providers to changes in routines
  • Providing a website that tracks trends in activities of daily living to support skill development, care management and service planning
  • Helping families access other products that address specific safety concerns such as wandering

Assistive technology can be another tool for those who are providing care and monitoring safety.  It can also track changes in physical and behavioral status so that families and health providers can address issues prior to a crisis.  Assistive technology cannot replace the love and support families and caregivers offer.  What it can provide, however, is an affordable solution to concerns that families may have for their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease. Visit our website at http://www.simply-home.com for more information.

SimplyHome Mentors Young Innovators in the Community

Edison Award Finalist, SimplyHome, teaches children about innovative technology and aging in place.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) November 05, 2012

When Claxton Elementary decided to participate in the FIRST™ Lego™ League Robotics Competition, they called on SimplyHome. The theme for this year’s Lego competition required the students to design a product that would benefit senior adults, and SimplyHome was honored to encourage the young innovators.

Over eight weeks time, SimplyHome staff shared experience, knowledge and resources to guide the children through their critical problem solving process. In the end, the students expressed an awareness of and appreciation for the ways innovative technology can assist senior adults.

“We started this project focused on what we could teach the students, but left energized and excited by what they taught us,” says Allen Ray, SimplyHome CEO.

Last year, SimplyHome received an Edison Award for innovation in technology. As a finalist the company was encouraged to give back to current and future innovators through storytelling, direct teaching and communication.

The SimplyHome System™ by SimplyHome, LLC was awarded an Edison Bronze Medal for “Best New Product.” The distinguished Edison Awards embody the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. The SimplyHome System™ is a winner in the “Lifestyle and Social Impact” category, one of fifteen categories honored by the Edison Awards.

The SimplyHome System™ utilizes multiple sensors to log activities of daily living and proactively notify caregivers and loved ones of changes in behavioral patterns. Text, email or phone alerts can be generated by a single event, an intersection of multiple events or by inactivity. Assigned family or caregivers may log in to their SimplyHome account to view activity and trends in daily living patterns.

Components like motion sensors, door and window contacts, and bed pressure pads address issues including falls, wandering, and sleep routines. The SimplyHome System™ can also monitor wellness priorities ranging from blood pressure and glucose levels, to weight and medication management.

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About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Emergency Response Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.

For more information, visit: http://www.simply-home.com.

Innovative Services, Inc. Recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of Healthcare’s Fastest-Growing Healthcare Companies

My Innovative Services utilizes SimplyHome technology to empower greater independence to individuals living with a disability.

Asheville, NC

SimplyHome would like to congratulate Innovative Services, Inc., our Wisconsin based partner who has been named one of Healthcare’s Hottest Companies. Innovative Services provides supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the use of innovative technology.

Modern Healthcare recognized 40 of the fastest growing companies by growth from 2006 to 2011 in these sectors: hospitals/hospital systems, physician group practices, payers/insurers, and suppliers. It’s growth of over 105% ranks Innovative Services as 32nd on their list.

Innovative Services, Inc. provides flexible, accessible and family-centered supports and services to developmentally disabled and special needs consumers in Wisconsin. As they work to improve the lives of the people they serve, Innovative Services understands the importance of utilizing the funds available for healthcare, inclusive of SimplyHome technology to promote greater independence.

“We believe our understanding the needs of individuals who require the supports we provide, tied to recognizing the limitations to the assets available, is the secret to our successful growth,” says Rick Bahr, Chief Operating Officer of Innovative Services.

Modern Healthcare is the industry’s leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. They report on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through their weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events. Modern Healthcare magazine is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives and deemed a “must-read” by the who’s who in healthcare.

The weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events provide a powerful and all-encompassing industry presence.

Requirements to be eligible for Modern Healthcare’s Fastest Growing Healthcare Companies are:

  • Be headquartered in the U.S.
  • Have at least $20 million in revenue for 2011, and
  • Have been in business for five years or more.

All submitted financial documentation was tabulated and analyzed by Modern Healthcare. A sample of Modern Healthcare’s tabulations were independently assessed by the accounting and management consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche.

About Innovative Services, Inc.

Since its inception in 2004, Innovative Services has been dedicated to providing safe and healthy support services that encourage maximum independence for the people they serve.

That emphasis on individual independence and choice makes Innovative Services the preferred supplier for consumers in Wisconsin. The company now serves more than 850 developmentally disabled children and adults throughout the state.

For more information visit: www.myinnovativeservices.com.

About SimplyHome, LLC

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Emergency Response Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.  SimplyHome is a 2012 Edison Award winner for “Best New Product.”

For more information, visit: www.simply-home.com .

World Alzheimer’s Day

We are wearing purple today to show our support.

September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and efforts to address the nation’s sixth leading cause of death.

Kingsley Kaminer, Cameron Kempson, Kristen Suttles

Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults. It involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language and can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
  • Although not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases with age. Most individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are over the age of 65. However, people younger than age 65 also can develop Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Scientists do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but it is believed that it is similar to other chronic conditions and develops as a result of multiple factors rather than a single cause.

Global Alzheimer’s Disease

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 18 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, this estimate is projected to grow to 34 million people, with the highest increase expected among developing countries.

Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States

  • It is currently estimated that approximately 2.6 million to 5.2 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s disease, depending upon the approach used for identifying individuals with dementia.
  • If no cure is developed and present population trends continue, as many as 16 million individuals may have Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2050.
  • Alzheimer’s disease ranks as the 6th leading cause of death among adults aged 18 years and older, and is the 5th leading cause of death for adults aged 65 years and older.
  • For people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the total payments for health care, long-term care, and hospice are projected to increase from $183 billion in 2011 to $1.1 trillion in 2050 (in 2011 U.S. dollars).

Current Efforts

A coordinated approach involving public and private partners is needed to address Alzheimer’s disease and its devastating effects on individuals, families, and the health care system. There are several new and existing activities currently underway. Some of these efforts are described below. Read More

Charles Lea Center of Spartanburg SC is Utilizing Supportive Technology to Serve Individuals With Greater Independence, Better Outcomes and Increased Cost Effectiveness

With the use of SimplyHome technology, the Charles Lea Center of Spartanburg, South Carolina is able to serve disabled individuals who would otherwise be on ever-growing waiting list.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) July 25, 2012

As Medicaid provider budgets become increasingly constrained, remote monitoring technology is emerging as a way to control costs and improve service outcomes. Supportive living environments can be managed by technology that detects potential problems such as falls, missed medications, cooking safety, and elopement.

The same support systems that allow staff to attend to individual concerns also enable consumers to live with greater choice and build skills of independent living. As funding sources realize cost savings through effective programs, they are able to serve individuals who would otherwise be on ever-growing waiting lists.

SimplyHome partner, The Charles Lea Center of Spartanburg, SC, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Life Skills Center. An apartment within the training center is outfitted with SimplyHome technology.

“The partnership with SimplyHome has enabled people with disabilities to live as we do, independently,” says Jeff Ballenger, the Charles Lea Center Sr. Director of Residential Supports. The Life Skills Center is a hands-on training facility that prepares adults with special needs for residential and community independence.

“We believe this is just the beginning of a shift in how providers will utilize technology in their service models,” says Allen Ray, SimplyHome CEO. “The Charles Lea Center’s willingness to be the front runner for the use of our technology in a program setting has allowed them to serve more people with the funds that are available.”

The Charles Lea Center already partners with SimplyHome to provide technology in their residential support programs to enable independent living. The SimplyHome System placed in the Life Skills Center is an accurate replica of how technology is currently being utilized in their independent living program.

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Monitoring for More Than Senior Moments: Webinar By Jason Ray

Senior citizens make up the largest age group in the U.S., providing the backdrop for a huge RMR opportunity for health and safety monitoring, such as wandering, taking of medicine, medical conditions, and in-home accidents and care. This webinar, presented by SimplyHome’s VP of Business Development, Jason Ray, will illustrate the many real-life applications for the PERs market and the necessary steps for a successful offering.

SimplyHome Receives Bronze Medal Edison Award for “Best New Product”

Edison Awards Honors SimplyHome for Innovation in Business with Bronze Medal 2012 Best New Product Award, Lifestyle and Social Impact Category, for The SimplyHome System™

Asheville, N.C. April 27, 2012

The SimplyHome System™ by SimplyHome, LLC was announced as a Bronze Medal winner for “Best New Product” at the 2012 Edison Awards Gala in New York City. The distinguished Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. The SimplyHome System™ is a winner in the “Lifestyle and Social Impact” category, one of fifteen categories honored by the Edison Awards.

The annual Edison Awards Gala was held in New York City Thursday, April 26th in the historic ballroom of New York’s famed Capitale.

“We are honored to receive an Edison Award,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “I think the true innovation of the SimplyHome System™ technology is that it is people-centered and outcome driven. Making technology mean something – to impact individual lives –that’s the heart of what we strive to do.”

The SimplyHome System™ utilizes multiple sensors to log activities of daily living and proactively notify caregivers and loved ones of changes in behavioral patterns. Text, email or phone alerts can be generated by a single event, an intersection of multiple events or by inactivity.  Assigned family or caregivers may log in to their SimplyHome account to view activity and trends in daily living patterns.

Components like motion sensors, door and window contacts, and bed pressure pads address issues including falls, wandering, and sleep routines. The SimplyHome System™ can also monitor wellness priorities ranging from blood pressure and glucose levels, to weight and medication management.

“Our goal with the SimplyHome System is to address priorities like safety, affordability, and quality of life in support of independent living,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome.

The Edison Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product development methods and innovative achievements garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name around the world.  The ballot of nominees for the Edison Best New Product Awards™ is judged by a panel of more than 3,000 individuals, including members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), an organization comprising America’s top marketing professionals and academics. The panel also includes professionals from the fields of product development & design, engineering, science and education.

This year, the nominees were judged on a new set of evaluation criteria developed in partnership with Nielsen. These new criteria establish a new definition of innovation, leveraging the primary themes of Concept, Value, Impact and Delivery.

The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielson, Discovery Communications, SCIENCE, USA TODAY, CSRware, and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Emergency Response Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.
For more information, visit: www.simply-home.com .

The SimplyHome System™ Named Edison Awards Best New Product Finalist

SimplyHome Will Be Honored for Innovative Technology That Empowers Independent Living. The Company’s SimplyHome System™ is Named a Best New Product Finalist in the Lifestyle and Social Impact Category by the 2012 Edison Awards.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) April 20, 2012

SimplyHome, a leader in the Assistive Technology industry, announced that its SimplyHome System™ has been named a best new product finalist by the internationally renowned 2012 Edison Awards™. The SimplyHome System’s™ innovative technology is designed to increase independence, save money on care, and meet the individual needs of each customer. The SimplyHome System™ is a finalist in the Lifestyle and Social Impact Category.

“We are honored to be named an Edison Awards Finalist,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “SimplyHome’s mission is to support independent living through the use of customized technology, and we expect this recognition will only further our efforts to enhance the lives of those we serve.”

The distinguished Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be announced April 26, 2012 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of New York’s famed Capitale.

The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielson, Discovery Communications, SCIENCE, USA TODAY, CSRware, and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit http://www.edisonawards.com.

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Emergency Response Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.

For more information, visit: http://www.simply-home.com.

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SimplyHome Named Edison Awards Finalist

Assistive Technology Leader, SimplyHome, will be Recognized at Edison Awards Gala on April 26 in New York

Asheville, N.C. (PRWEB) March 13, 2012

SimplyHome, a leader in the assistive technology industry, has been named as an Award Finalist in the Lifestyle and Social Impact category of the internationally renowned 2012 Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

“More than any year, this year’s slate of Finalists demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus and market awareness,” said Tom Stat, Chairman of the Edison Awards’ Steering Committee. “It’s exciting to see companies like SimplyHome continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”

“We are honored to be named an Edison Awards Finalist,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “SimplyHome’s mission is to support independent living through the use of customized technology, and we expect this recognition will only further our efforts to enhance the lives of those we serve.”

The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards is judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The panel includes members of the powerful Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), which has been partnered with the Edison Awards since 2009.

Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be announced April 26, 2012 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of New York’s famed Capitale.

The members of the Edison Awards Steering Committee are senior executives with diverse marketing, scientific, and business backgrounds who monitor the development and successful launch of innovative products each year. The Committee is responsible for bestowing the annual Edison Achievement Awards and serves as a guidepost in developing the list of nominees that is presented to the Edison Award judges.

The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielson, Discovery Communications, SCIENCE, USA Today, CSRware, and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of past winners, visit http://www.edisonawards.com.

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Alert Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.

For more information, visit: http://www.simply-home.com.

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Meet Michael Doornbos: SimplyHome’s Newest Addition

SimplyHome Hires Michael Doornbos as Product Designer

As product designer at SimplyHome, Mr. Doornbos is responsible for managing multiple internal and external product development projects, overseeing operations and managing the organization’s upcoming wireless technology suite designed for the empowerment of independent living.

Michael is the founder and podcast host at Evadot.com and founder of SpaceUp DC. Michael is a technologist, software designer, security consultant, speaker, writer and podcaster.

For 15 years, Michael has been founding software companies, designing and building data centers, performing security analysis, rolling out citywide cellular networks, and developing software. Michael is the recognized expert in the Google Lunar X PRIZE and is often sought after for strategic consulting in the emerging commercial space and technology industries.  He is the author of the forthcoming book series called “A New Kind of Hero.”

Michael’s addition to the SimplyHome team will bring an expertise in developing products that enhance the quality of life for people seeking to live with independence.

“We are excited to add Michael as an integral part of our team. He brings a wealth of experience to SimplyHome as a technology expert, and just as importantly a communicator of ideas to a wide audience. His ability to understand user stories and translate that into a technological solution set will enable us to further enhance the lives of those we are honored to serve,” said Allen Ray, president and CEO of SimplyHome.

Michael is a speaker at this weekend’s South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas; he is giving a talk entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence Space exploration.”

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified options for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Alert Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.

For more information, visit: www.simply-home.com .

Fundraiser a Success

Thanks for Supporting No Place Like Home

With the help of local food trucks like The Lowdown, Ursa Minor, Pink Taco, and the Gypsy Queen, along with Scenedipity, and all of you who came out, the SimplyHomeTown Food Truck Fundraiser was truly a success.

All donations received benefited No Place Like Home and have been matched by SimplyHome. Also given were two No Buttons Headsets — enabling totally hands-free, voice command texting, emailing and phone calls.

No Place Like Home is a charitable partnership between SimplyHome & Eblen Charities that promotes independent living by providing assistive technology to local senior adults and people with disabilities.

Please see video below of the drawing for  food truck gift certificate winners.

Assistive Technology Leader, SimplyHome, Establishes New Niche with Appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

SimplyHome’s Products and Services, From Environmental Controls to Virtual Care Management, Provide Independence and Improved Communication to Aging and Disabled Populations.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) December 28, 2011

Following the recent premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring Brian Keefer and his family,SimplyHome received an overwhelming response from paralyzed and disabled people nationwide. Though each caller’s condition varied, the message remained the same: they had never seen anything like what SimplyHome provided for Brian, or even knew it was a possibility.

SimplyHome has established a new niche in the Assistive Technology industry with an array of products and services that promote residential independence. SimplyHome’s commitment to personalized care, specifically to aging and disabled populations, led the Asheville-based company to design flexible wireless technologies. As a result individuals can make proactive choices regarding daily living activities, environmental control and personal wellness.

“All of our customers receive a personal assessment so that we can customize products that fit their specific needs,” said Jason Ray, VP of Business Development at SimplyHome. “The voice-activated cell phone, lighting, bed controls, TV, drink dispenser, and door openers – everything we provided for Brian – came directly from our assessments with him and his family.”

In addition to the environmental controls that SimplyHome can program in customers’ tablets or computers, the company offers a combination of products and services ranging from home automation and electronic aids to remote monitoring and Virtual Care Management®.

Of special interest to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition viewers was SimplyHome’s new product, the No-Buttons Headset, which offers modern Bluetooth technology while enabling the user to make calls independently. The No-Buttons headset accesses the user’s phone and its built-in voice commands without having to push any buttons; the on/off button is activated when the headset passes over a magnet. These headsets are especially helpful for people who are quadriplegic, have arthritis, ALS, cerebral palsy, or any other physical disability that makes it difficult to push a button.

“At SimplyHome, we are passionate about supporting people living independently, and we have translated that commitment to consumer care into innovative technology,“ said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome.

Ray adds, “We founded this business because we care about people; technology just happened to offer us the solutions we were looking for. Our job is to listen to our customers then create systems that are individualized to their priorities and concerns. We’re about more than technology—we are committed to personalized care.”

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified options for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Alert Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.
For more information, visit: http://www.simply-home.com.

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of SimplyHome
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The Arc of NC Using Technology in New Supportive Apartments

SimplyHome is excited to Provide Technology for New Supportive Apartments

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Contact Person: Nicole Kiefer
Company Name: The Arc of North Carolina
Email Address: nkiefer@arcnc.org
Telephone: 919.782.4632

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Ribbon Cutting for Supportive Apartments

Mount Airy, NC – The Arc of Surry County and The Arc of North Carolina are proud to announce the opening of a new collaborative housing project for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A ribbon cutting will be held on November 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at 119 Churchill Lane, Mt. Airy, North Carolina.  Mayor Deborah Cochran, along with other local, state and county officials are scheduled to attend.

The Arc of North Carolina was awarded grants from the NC Housing Finance Agency, the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments and Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare to construct two duplexes to provide inclusive, affordable housing for people with disabilities. The duplexes are located within a residential neighborhood and are conveniently located close to shopping, employment and recreational opportunities.

Tenants will hold a lease to their unit and pay rent based on their income. They will also have access to individualized supportive services through area agencies and specialized technology from the SimplyHome System built into the duplexes.

There are already several group homes in Surry County; however, these duplexes will be the first project of its kind to serve people with disabilities who want to live in more independent housing with supportive services based on their individualized needs.

The Arc of North Carolina extends its thanks to the many state and local partners who have made this project possible. Dave Richard, Executive Director of The Arc of North Carolina, states “This project is an excellent example of a collaborative project that incorporates non-profit organizations, state and local funding and the best practice principle to support people with disabilities in the most inclusive of settings; their own home in their choice of community.”

Applications to live in the apartments are currently being accepted.  For more information on the apartments or to request an application, please call Rebecca or Brent at 704-883-8084 or toll-free at 888-425-2938.

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Have You Heard of The “Green House” Movement?

If you haven’t heard of the Green House movement, this is a great article to read. We are proud partners of the Cottages at St. Martin’s, a Green House community in Birmingham, also featured in this article. They have embraced the use of technology to enhance their clients independence and dignity.

Elder care expert Dr. William Thomas: New approach needed for seniors

Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 1:42 PM     Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 1:51 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The next generation of elderly Americans will spend more time with their peers in the their old age and less with their family, and the nation’s model for caring for its senior citizens needs to adapt, a leading elder care expert said today.

Dr. William Thomas, recognized as the founder of the “green house” movement that places elders in smaller group homes instead of traditional nursing homes, said today’s middle-aged adults have educated their children to an unprecedented degree. As a result, more of those children move farther away from home in pursuit of careers and will be less involved in caring for their elderly parents.

Thomas, a geriatrician and founder of The Green House Project in Mississippi, advocates a system in which about 20 elders live in clustered group homes, with staff to help with basic needs and nurses and physicians making regular visits.

“The notion is radically simple,” Thomas told the Birmingham Rotary Club. “Elders need community in order to thrive.”

The Cottages at St. Martin’s, a Green House community in Birmingham, is among the leading examples of the philosophy, he said. It has stacked homes on top of one another, putting multiple group homes in a single building and solving a real estate problem that vexes the industry.

The Jewish Home in New York City is building a 22-story collection of elder group homes based on the St. Martin’s model, he said.

Because of changing demographics, it’s necessary to rethink how elders are cared for, he said.

“You may not be interested in aging,” he said. “But aging is interested in you.”

Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. Partners with SimplyHome For Comprehensive Approach To Aging In Place

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Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. Partners with SimplyHome For Comprehensive Approach To Aging In Place

Salem, VA, August 29, 2011 – Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc., a leader in home modifications announced a partnership with SimplyHome. As part of the agreement, Solid Rock Enterprises will offer technology as a tool to empower people to live independently. “As an aging in place contractor, it is important to me that I have the widest possible array of solutions to help people remain in their own homes as long as they choose to,” said Chris Moore, owner of Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc.

SimplyHome is an industry leader in technology. The SimplyHome products empower individuals by using wireless technology to monitor daily routines and activities then send out instant alerts if a possible problem arises. SimplyHome systems benefit seniors, families, developmentally-disabled individuals, home health care providers and assisted living and long-term care facilities. Simply put — there is just no substitute for home.

“I have always believed that the main business I am in is the business not of simply providing products and services to my clients, but of providing solutions to their problems. Having SimplyHome in my toolbox makes me a better problem solver for my clients. I utilize a comprehensive approach to helping people stay in their homes. Using technology to help people successfully age in place is a vital part of this comprehensive approach,” said Chris Moore.

SimplyHome’s background of technology and personalized client care makes for a mutually beneficial partnership with Solid Rock Enterprises “We are very excited to partner with this company. Both of us have the intention of improving people’s lives, and now, we can do that together by providing individuals an opportunity to age in place through modified home construction,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome.

“SimplyHome empowers people to stay home by providing the lifeline that enables them to live independently far longer than would otherwise be possible. My goal is to incorporate Simply Home into my product offering in such a way that I can help more people in Central and Southwest Virginia successfully age in place. I am excited about the possibilities ahead,” said Chris Moore.

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome empowers individuals and care providers through wireless technologies for independent living. Personalized systems are custom designed for anyone’s priorities and needs, providing independent living support for families, caregivers and most importantly, the individual.

SimplyHome offers cost-effective, innovative technological solutions to provide wellness monitoring, caregiver assistance, and in-home medical alert systems for elder care or for individuals with developmental disabilities. By creating a supportive home environment, SimplyHome allows loved ones to age in place while enjoying independent living.

For more information about SimplyHome, please visit http://www.simply-home.com.

About Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc.

Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Chris Moore with the mission of providing the highest quality building and remodeling services in a professional and timely manner. Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. specializes in helping its clients remain in their own homes throughout their lives. They promote aging in place through Universal Design home modifications. Chris holds CAPS (certified aging in place specialist) certification through the National Association of Home Builders and an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. He writes “Housing Matters”, a monthly column on aging in place in the Senior News and is a recognized expert on aging in place, Universal Design, and home modification at http://www.caring.com. Chris has over 25 years of experience in all phases of construction, having got his start under an Old World trained master builder who imparted to him an abiding sense of quality and craftsmanship. He brings his wealth of experience and an ability to translate your dreams into reality to every project he does.

For more information on Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc., please visit http://solidrockenterprises.com

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LIVE@HOME Technologies Partners With SimplyHome To Offer Peace of Mind For Less Than $1 a Day

 

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LIVE@HOME Technologies Partners With SimplyHome To Offer Peace of Mind For Less Than $1 a Day

Orangeburg, SC, August 17, 2011 – SimplyHome announced today that LIVE@HOME TECHNOLOGIES will incorporate SimplyHome’s Personal Emergency Response Systems to offer a new level of service within The Oaks Home Services, a level of care offered by The Methodist Oaks, a Continuing Care Retirement Community located in Orangeburg, SC.

LIVE@HOME Technologies is dedicated to providing services by offering in-home care, and innovative technology that can be placed right in the home. They are now offering an easy and simple solution to extra peace of mind for families.  For less than $1 a day, they will install a Personal Emergency Response System in the home of their clients.

Home care cost can add up quickly and as another way to provide cost-effective supports, The Oaks is offering this service to not only cut down on costs, but to also entitle the client to live independently and age in place for as long as they are able.  Also, for less than a $1 a day, they are connected directly to a call center manned by trained professionals, and a direct line to family with the press of a button.

“I feel that technology is definitely the way the future will go.  I have been able to keep people in their homes safely for going on three years now.  In the greater scheme of things that is a huge cost saving to clients and their families,” said Stacey Pierce, Director of LIVE@HOME Technologies.

“The CEO of the Methodist Oaks, James McGee, and I recognized the impact that technology could have, and would have, on helping seniors stay at home longer while giving both the senior and the family peace of mind. The key was to research for reliable technology that could be adapted to each individual client’s needs,” said Pierce.

Along with the Personal Emergency Response System, LIVE@HOME Technologies also offers the SimplyHome System which includes sensors such as motion, bed, floor, temperature, toilet flushing, door, stove, camera capability, along with biometrics, to name a few. “We are results driven, proactive instead of reactive, so I have looked for technology which will monitor patterns and send alerts when patterns change.  If we can tell when a person is going to the bathroom more, or not as much, or not opening the refrigerator as much, in the aging population this could be a sign pointing to other underlying problems,” said Pierce.

For more information, visit SimplyHome’s blog at: https://independentlivingblog.com/ or the website at: www.simply-home.com.

About SimplyHome

Located in Asheville, NC, SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products to promote independent living. Aging in place and helping people with disabilities to live independently is the business’s core focus. SimplyHome’s support systems are individually tailored to meet specific needs and to assist care providers.

About LIVE@HOME Technologies

The Methodist Oaks has more than 50 years of experience of mission and ministry with seniors giving care and services at our Faith Based Continuing Care Retirement Community (www.theoakssc.com). In the last few years, recognizing the need to expand our care giving to a greater community, the Board of The Oaks made the decision to offer our expertise in the integration of Care and Technology throughout South Carolina and portions of North Carolina and Georgia.

The Oaks created LIVE@HOME Technologies to offer the latest in rapidly changing technological advances to assist people in staying at home. LIVE@HOME Technologies constantly researches and test various technologies which are available and utilizes that which best suits the client’s situation. LIVE@HOME Technologies learned early on that the most critical step of helping people stay at home rather than moving to an Assisted Living or other living option is the evaluation of the needs and desires of the potential client and the family.

For more information call Stacey at 803.535.1556 or email at stacey@theoakssc.com.

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SimplyHome Gets a Shout Out!

This is behind the scenes footage of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition season premiere. The show is set to air on Sunday September 25, 2011 from 7-9 pm. Tune in to learn more about all of the technology SimplyHome provided to allow Brian Keefer to be as independent as possible.

What is “Aging in Place?”

What is “Aging in Place” and How Can You Use Technology?

“Aging in Place” is one of those terms we use often here at SimplyHome. Our goal, with the use of technology, is to allow individuals to live in their own home for as long as possible while still giving their family peace of mind. We always love hearing stories from our customers about how they were “running out of options to support their parents at home,” until they tried technology in the home. SimplyHome’s President, Allen Ray, along with several others here in the SimplyHome office, are CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) certified. This allows our team to conduct the best assessment possible for and individual and then recommend the supports we see fit, sometimes that means technology and sometimes it doesn’t.  We invite you to learn more at www.simply-home.com.

Aging in place (aka ‘age in place’) is the ability to live in one’s own home – wherever that might be – for as long as confidently and comfortably possible. Livability can be extended through the incorporation of universal design principles, telecare and other assistive technologies. Assistive technologies include communications, health and wellness monitoring, home safety and security.

CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) is accreditation earned through the National Association of Home Builders.  In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates a variety of information tailored to aging-in-place home modifications, including: background on the older adult population; communication techniques; common aging-in-place remodeling projects; marketing to the aging-in-place market; common barriers and solutions; codes and standards; product ideas and resources; and business management.

There are excellent resources available to baby boomers, here are a couple:   http://www.ageinplace.org/http://www.aginginplaceinitiative.org/ and http://www.aginginplaceinitiative.org/

Mature Living Special Section: Aging in place: Staying in your own home

Published on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 by Bonnie Rabatin Certified Aging In Place Designer
Perhaps the simplest way to look at the aging in place movement is by looking to the future. Whether you’re building, buying or remodeling, you might want to consider a few simple options that could make your life easier down the road:

• Create a main floor entrance without steps or with the space to build a ramp.

• Have your bedroom and full bath on the main floor.

• Install wider interior and entry doorways – 34-inch minimum width for strollers and wheelchairs.

• Replace doorknobs with lever handles.

• Add a raised toilet seat or higher toilet for easier access with limited mobility.

• Replace bathtub with shower that doesn’t require a step down.

• Add grab bars around toilets, tubs and showers for stability.

• Add handheld shower heads for easy washing.

• Install front-loading washers and dryers that can be raised if needed.

• Install electrical outlets and switches that can be reached from a seated position.

• Install sinks with open spaces below that allow use while sitting.

• Install kitchen counters at varying heights for use while sitting or standing.

Designing rooms that suit the needs of all users throughout their lives is the purpose of universal design.

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When remodeling, consider Aging in Place features

Few of us embrace the idea of getting older.

But a vanguard in the contracting, real estate and design industries is focused on bringing attention to the need for good design for Atlanta’s aging population and the greater number of people who want to stay in their homes instead of moving to assisted living.

The Atlanta Regional Commission reports that by 2015, Atlanta’s older adult population will have doubled. By 2030, one out of every five residents will be over the age of 60. With the housing slump meaning more and more homeowners are deciding to make their present home their “forever” residence, a cottage industry has arisen of contractors who can help them adapt their homes to their changing needs.

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