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.

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.

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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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 .

Watch These Video Clips | SimplyHome’s Return to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

On January 6, 2012, SimplyHome made its second appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in the Gibbs Family episode. Because Audrey Gibbs’ vision was failing and had suffered several brain aneurysms, SimplyHome was asked to create business applications and technologies that would enable her to work out of her new home.

“We are pleased to return to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “But what pleases us more is that we were able to create solutions that empowered Audrey to continue working.”

The Gibbs Family

Prior to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Audrey Gibbs and her six children lived in a rural Iowa farmhouse with no functional plumbing or indoor bathrooms. Soon after her husband’s death, Audrey’s vision began to fail and it became difficult for her to travel to town for work.

SimplyHome’s Return to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

When it became clear that “off the shelf” technologies would not provide the solutions needed for Audrey Gibbs and her family, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition contacted assistive technology leader and show veteran, SimplyHome. The Gibbs Family episode marked SimplyHome’s second appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has done a great job improving accessibility in the home beyond the physical environment,” said Ian Sanders, Director of Sales at SimplyHome. “With the use of technology, we are able to expand options that really support independent living.”

The Gibbs Family / SimplyHome Connection

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition asked SimplyHome to create business applications and technologies that would enable Audrey to work out of her new home. Supports provided by SimplyHome included: custom software with features such as appointment scheduling, billing, and communication with clients; integration for all business applications with Audrey’s iPad, iPhone and laptop; and a business website. Audrey also received a scanning device that can audibly read typewritten words and handwriting from a piece of paper. In Addition, SimplyHome setup a surround sound system in Audrey’s massage room, wi-fi throughout the house, and a 42″ interactive touch screen television for her daughter.

Learn more about the technology we provided for the Gibbs family at www.simply-home.com/extreme.

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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Aging Well Publication Mentions SimplyHome Technology

SimplyHome was featured in the Summer 2011 publication of Aging Well magazine. The magazine took the opportunity to explain how “there are more advanced technologies that work with the same principles of a life alert system but take the concept much further.”

These types of technologies, such as the SimplyHome system, allow caregivers to track a patient online. For instance, with SimplyHome, if a caregiver is concerned a loved one may forget to turn off the stove or the lights, the use of the stove and lights can be monitored online and can even be turned off remotely by the caregiver using the Web program. It’s just one of many scenarios where technology allows a patient to have some independence while still being safely monitored. Read the full article for more details. Aging Well

To Those Who Supported The Keefer Family

(A Letter From Allen Ray, SimplyHome’s CEO) 
 
To Those who supported the Keefer family,
 
Thanks to All! I just wanted to take a moment to express my deepest appreciation for what each of you did in support of the Keefer family. A few short months ago we were all called to help a young man in ways we could not imagine. We pooled our resources in making a difference for Brian! The show highlighted products and efforts from each of you as part of SimplyHome’s overall solution. I’m proud to have been a part of our collective efforts and to have shared so much in such a short time.                                                                                                                                               
We had a fundraiser in Asheville for Brian, UCP of Central PA, ARC and a local Asheville Children’s charity.
 
 
It was made even more special when two of Brian’s friends/neighbors (Tricia and Dawn, the two girls across the street) thought enough to attend. They gave speeches (made everyone cry) and brought pictures (both before and after Brian’s accident) and goodies. It was awesome. They even brought one of our new favorite sweets…Whoopie Pies… for our taste of PA table. In addition to the whoopie pies (very tasty, though not as good as the ones from Jon’s mom), we had tasteekakes (girls brought these as well) and root beer (nowhere near as good as Dean’s stuff…omg, I can still taste that root beer!).Anyway, as we watched the show… seeing our collective work being highlighted, I was reminded of the enjoyment of working with each of you.
 
 Thank you so much for becoming  a part of the fabric of who SimplyHome has become and for doing whatever it took to make things happen for Brian. I am proud to call you my friends!
 
All my very best,
Allen
 
“A Taste Of Pennsylvania” provided by Brian’s neighbor for our fundraiser.

 

Save The Date-Set Your DVR

Save The Date-Set The DVR

Win a Free ipad! (details below)

In conjunction with Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition,

  SimplyHome invites you to tune in on

Friday, October 21

8/7c on

  for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Friday Night Premiere

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The Keefer Family from Pennsylvania

   Ty, Paulie, and all the EMHE gand

The staff of SimplyHome

We are honored to have been invited by EMHE to develop and install assistive technology for Brian Keefer and his family for this special show that began with Ty’s “Good Morning, Keefer Family” on Father’s Day, June 19, 2011 .

Tune in to find out how volunteering for a week changed us for a lifetime.

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Watch a short VIDEO about our experience.

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To be entered to win a free ipad “like” us on Facebook and comment on one form of technology you liked on the show. Also, you can “follow” us on Twitter and mention one form of technology you see on the show. Don’t forget to tag SimplyHome in your comment!

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and SimplyHome Video

Check out this video we put together of our crew and our experience on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show. The Brian Keefer episode is set to air on Oct. 21st and will be a 2 hour episode. Don’t miss it and tell us what you think!

Brian Keefer, a star athlete, became paralyzed in a gymnastics accident in 2008. As he completed his sophomore year at Lock Haven University, Brian was an all-around college athlete, volleyball player and coach, a record-holding track and field athlete, and president of his college’s gymnastics club. Then on July 1, 2008, 12 days before his 21st birthday, Brian suffered a gymnastics injury, paralyzing him from his neck down. With the injury, Brian needed 24-hour care.

SimplyHome is passionate about this product and about the technology we provided to allow Brian to be as independent as possible and to allow his father to have some peace of mind.

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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Volunteered For a Week…Touched For a Lifetime

There’s No Place Like…SimplyHome.

I am happy to report that our team has made it back safe and sound from their journey to Pennsylvania to work with the ABC show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. As soon as they walked through the office door, the rest of the staff circled around them hungry for all of the details of their adventure. We sat down around the conference table and made them start at the beginning. The story they told was fascinating and one I thought worth sharing…

Through Our Crew’s Eyes

Our five crew members, Chris Whitworth, Glenn Mertens, Ian Sanders, Jason Ray and Allen Ray, loaded up the equipment and headed for Pennsylvania June 16th, only 1 short week and 1 day after learning we would be helping with the show. It was a short turn around, but our guys seemed enthusiastic and ready for the challenge. It was amazing to watch them gather any and all of the pieces and parts they could possibly need to help Brian. Never once was there a mention of the sacrifices it would mean for them and their families. They were going to be missing out on Father’s Day,  family beach trips, a weekend at the lake, and a grandson’s 4th birthday party. But, this was an opportunity to help Brian Keefer, a young man who experienced a tragic accident that left him paralyzed. We knew our technology and problem solvers could help, and that is exactly what we set out to do.

Getting to Work

As soon as we arrived at the hotel in PA, we knew we had our work cut out for us. One of the hotel rooms turned into an inventory/staging room.  Along with the SimplyHome System, we installed customized technology that would greatly increase Brian’s independence. (We are not able to disclose the exact details until the show airs in September.)

After the reveal, the Keefer family didn’t have much time to get their things together and head off for a week long vacation in Colorado Springs. However, our crew was able to spend enough time with the family  to assess Brian’s needs, as well as, the needs of his parents. After Brian’s accident, Steve, Brian’s father took early retirement and now spends almost every hour with Brian. When asked what they wanted for Brian, his brothers said, “If you could make him better, that would be pretty cool.”  Their comment fueled us to do the best job possible.

What Were The Concerns We Addressed?

Our assessment with Brian and his family helped us to grasp the personal and family challenges. Imagine  someone by your side 24 hours a day attending to your every need.  Now imagine being Steve and caring for Brian every minute of every day.  Steve has been sleeping in the same room with Brian ever since the accident. Both Brian and his dad expressed hope that technology could create some independence for both of them. At this point, our number one consideration became creating new options and outcomes for both Brian and his dad.

We were able to implement many forms of  technology to help enable Brian to complete many activities of daily living on his own.  Along with the SimplyHome system, we installed customized technology that would greatly increase Brian’s independence. We are not able to disclose the exact details yet because the show is hoping to keep it a surprise until it airs in September.

Wonder How They Surprise The Family?

Allen Ray explains: I have always wondered how they “surprised the family” and yet they were always coming out dressed and with microphones. First, there were several families as finalists in this region of PA. Many interviews are conducted. Here is how it worked for the Keefer family: They were interviewed quite a bit during a year’s time. On the day of the reveal (Sunday AM) Extreme Makeover Home Edition was interviewing the family yet again. As they were being interviewed, they wore mics and had cameras, etc. Sometime in the late AM the bus quietly rolled into town and into their “very narrow” cul-de-sac. When Ty said, “GOOD MORNING Keefer family”… they were surprised, but prepared to speak on set.

The Inside Scoop

Another neat fact that plays into who is chosen for the show is the neighbors willingness to allow all of those people to be in their yards for a week. Because of limited space around the Keefer home, crews are in their actual yards, tearing up trees and grass. Fortunately, the show replaces all of that before leaving town. In fact, the Keefer neighbors were so on board, they brought volunteers breakfast and snacks every day, and even did our laundry!! Allen Ray said, “There just wasn’t time to do laundry, and body spray can’t compete with temperatures in the 90’s!”

The Cast

Everyone always wonders what the cast members are “really” like when they are not on camera. They are a very talented and committed group. It was interesting to learn that the show actually has two different builds going on at the same time. This required them to have two cast crews, with the exception of Ty, who was going back and forth between the two. Talk about a busy man!!

One of the first nights we were there, we met with the cast members in their hotel to discuss our plans for technology. Along with host Ty Pennington, designers Jillian Harris, Tracy Hutson, Ed Sanders, and Paul DiMeo were there. Paul DiMeo (Pauley) is the person we interacted with the most. He is very genuine and caring but also a whole lot of fun. As the week progressed he spent a great deal of time learning what it is we do! In fact, one of our favorite Pauley quotes is, “Without SimplyHome we would have just built the Keefers a bigger house. The technology makes the story!

In The Days to Come

After the excitement dies down, SimplyHome will continue to support Brian and his family. It is our responsibility to not only install the technology, but to also maintain its’ functions as technology evolves and Brian’s needs change. It was our honor to be able to take part in such an amazing project. The show really does change people’s lives…and it’s not always just the family that has been chosen. Our lives will forever be changed as well.

We can’t wait to share the details of everything we put into the Keefer home! The show will air September 25th from 7-9pm. It is the two hour season premiere so don’t miss it! We plan to have a big party for the showing and have also made it our goal to raise $5,000 for the Keefer family. We will take donations made straight to the Keefer fund. You can contact Kristen Suttles, Marketing Specialist, at 828-684-8441 for donation information.

SimplyHome to Unveil One-of-Kind Product at 2011 Aging in America Conference

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SimplyHome to Unveil One-of-Kind Product at 2011 Aging in America Conference 

ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 20, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – SimplyHome will announce the launch of its new product line at the Aging in America Conference in San Francisco, April 26-30 – the SimplyHome System.

“Our SimplyHome System is the first system designed and engineered with built-in cell communication to meet the needs of the aging and disability population. No Internet connection is required,” says Allen Ray, SimplyHome’s CEO. “Our system is portable and easy to install and move around. In essence, it’s a plug-and-play unit with all wireless components. It’s also very unobtrusive, about the size of an answering machine, and simple and attractive in its design.”

Another factor that distinguishes SimplyHome from the competition is what is referred to as “sequential decision making.” This system does not just monitor activity; it plays an active role in determining a decision-making plan.

Based on an individual’s assessed need, the system is able to tie multiple events together in a home to facilitate in a positive outcome for that individual. For instance, other monitoring systems will monitor if a person gets out of bed. SimplyHome’s system takes it steps further. It not only monitors if the person is out of bed, but also if an exterior door opens and no motion has been detected in the house. While being up at 1:00 a.m. may not be unusual for this person, the opening of an exterior door is the unexpected event that would trigger notification to the designated caregiver.

These custom-tailored monitoring systems will be available for lease and range in price from $100 to $150 per month. This includes the equipment and service.  SimplyHome is the first to offer such an affordable and flexible option.

Free assessments are provided to determine the best support for each family’s needs. No two systems are exactly alike.

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

About SimplyHome

Since 2003, SimplyHome, a family-owned and operated business, has provided support for the disabled and elderly. Additionally, prior to launching SimplyHome, Allen Ray’s companies owned and operated nursing homes; he is no stranger to the field of caring for the elderly and disabled.

SimplyHome exists to serve families and caregivers by providing the tools and services needed to support those who wish to live independently at home through easy-to-use assistive technology and services.

The company continues to work towards its mission of helping the aging and disabled populations, nationwide, from its offices in North Carolina and Wisconsin. This year, it is also a sponsor of the Aging in America conference (http://www.asaging.org/aia11/index.cfm) – the largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals from the fields of aging, healthcare and education.

###Media Only Contact:

Kristen Suttles of SimplyHome

+1-828-684-8441

Kristen.Suttles@simplyhome-cmi.com

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