SimplyHome’s President, Allen Ray, and Director of Sales, Ian Sanders, will join the host of Evening Rounds tonight at 6:00pm to answer questions about our technology. Evening Rounds is a weekly call in program dedicated to your health with host David Hurand. Local interest was sparked after SimplyHome was featured in a recent NPR article (click below to read.)
WCQS offers programming from National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI) as well as locally-hosted music and talk programs.
So tune in to 88.1 tonight at 6:00pm and give us your thoughts!
SimplyHome wants to give a big THANKS to Biltmore Square Mall and everyone who visited us at the Wellness Expo today. We set up our table early and started strong. There was a very steady flow of people all day and we loved getting to chat with each and every person who stopped by. We were so excited to teach people about our technology and even more excited to see how receptive people are to learning about our product. We love being able to share our passion for people to be able to live independently and age in place, and one tool helpful in doing so. Thanks again and we hope to see you on our next outing. I am including some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Learn more about what we do at www.simplyhome-cmi.com.
We are getting all geared up for the Wellness Expo on Monday. Come visit SimplyHome at the Biltmore Square Mall Monday from 10:00am-2:00pm. See you then!
How did you spend Grandparent’s Day? We found a recent blog post with some excellent ideas on how to spend the day.
Top 10 things to do on Grandparent’s Day:
- Call your grandchildren on Skype, if they live far away.
- Take a walk in a park with your grandchildren and look for pinecones, interesting rocks, and other natural treasures.
- Share a favorite book from your childhood with your grandchildren.
- Figure out ways grandchildren can help you cook your favorite meal.
- Go to a u-pick farm with your grandchildren to pick beans, raspberries, or other favorites.
- Select a community service project your grandchildren can help you with.
- Share family stories from the past by making a disk of historical family photos from the past and looking through them with your grandchildren.
- Make a healthy snack with your grandchildren.
- Dance to your favorite song with your grandchildren.
- Take a trip to a children’s museum, a historical museum, or the zoo.
The History of Grandparents Day
In 1970, Marian McQuade began a campaign to set aside a special day for grandparents.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the first presidential proclamation, designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The first official observance was Sept. 9, 1979 – and has been celebrated every year since.
1. How did you hear about SimplyHome?
I am a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. As such, I am always researching information about aging in place. I set up Google Alerts which sent me an article written about your company, and the rest they say, is history.
2. Who did you purchase the technology for and why?
I bought it for my 93 year old mother who needed home assistance to remain independent and safe in her home after surgery. I am a BIG believer in the elderly remaining at home if they can do so safely. And the technology your company offered provided my mother with the opportunity to remain in her home safely. As a caregiver, safety is #1 issue. SimplyHome provides that peace of mind for me and my siblings. There’s not enough 2×4′s and mortar to build enough assisted living centers for the tsunami of aging boomers coming. Your company offers options to assisted living that really works! Maine also has one of the largest aging demographics in the nation and also the most widely spread out in the state. You can fit all the New England states inside the state of Maine, that’s how big it is. So many elderly in remote locations. Your product is absolutely perfect in helping elderly people in remote areas of Maine remain in their homes.
3. Was learning how the technology works difficult or confusing at first?
No, not at all. I’m a computer geek so it was a no brainer. Most boomers are. Most boomers are also caregivers for their parents so the technology for your product is simple and easy for them to implement for their parents. Installation is also a no brainer for someone who “gets” the technology and the reason for it.
4. What made you go with SimplyHome rather than a competitor?
Well, as you can image, I receive tons of google alerts regarding aging in place. Yours was the first article that popped up about assistive technology. I loved the sort of good, better, best choice of services and then even better than that was the a la carte menu of options. I didn’t have to use everything you offered. I could pick and choose what was best for my mom. Aging is a process, and your company offered options that fit what my mother needs right now. The great thing about your company’s offerings is that as she needs more assistive technology, I can add on more! I don’t have to sign up for all of the bells and whistles up front. And of course the price was excellent.
5. How was our technology used to benefit you? Your loved one:
Honestly, I could tell you lots of stories on this one but I think the most impressive one is the text message alerts. Most people would probably assume that getting a text message alert is the most important, but not getting one is just as important. As an example, I received an alert that mom was taking her nightly pills earlier than usual. When I called her to find out why, she said she wasn’t feeling that well, thought she was coming down with a cold and so was going to bed early. The next morning, I didn’t receive any text message that she was up at her usual time. When I went over to check on her as a result of not getting an alert from SimplyHome, I found her feverish and lethargic. Turns out she had an abscess on her lung that could have been fatal had I not gone to check on her and then called 911 to admit her to hospital for emergency surgery.
6. What were some of the settings you found most helpful in your situation.
The front door alert tells me when Meals on Wheels is there or when the other caregiver is there. I got an alert from Simply Home that her front door had opened and it was not on the time schedule of MOW or the other caregiver so I raced over only to find that my brother had decided to make a surprise visit! Med reminders are awesome. Although they don’t tell you if the person has consumed the medication, it does tell you if they have or have not retrieved the medication. When I don’t receive a text mail at a time when Mom should have taken her pills. I call her to remind her. Works Great!
7. What did it mean to you for your loved one to be able to stay at home during this time in their life with the help of technology?
Independence for Mom, peace of mind for me and my siblings and the joy of seeing how happy she is every day when she wakes up in the familiar surroundings that she has loved for so very long!
8. Was this affordable based on the other options out there? And Why?
Hmmm, let’s see. $4K to 5K a month on assisted living or $70 a month for SimplyHome? You do the math. And you know what’s really interesting? I’ve got all these visiting nurses, PT’s and OT’s coming into the house to provide services to my mom. They are so impressed by the technology set up in mom’s home and they tell me they wish all their clients could afford it. When I tell them how much it costs, they can’t believe it. I own MJW Home Modifications for Boomers & Beyond (www.mjwhomemods.com) and plan to add assistive technology to my company’s offerings as well.
9. Would you recommend it and why?
Yes I would recommend it an have recommended it. I can’t spread the word fast and far enough!
There are an estimated 34 million Americans assisting in the care of an older family member or friend, and an additional 10.6 million helping someone between the ages of 18 and 49, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Many of these elderly and/or disabled individuals long to live independently in their own homes, but they are held back by problems of Connectivity, Capacity and Capital.
SimplyHome’s system of assistive technology addresses all of these issues. It CONNECTS caregivers to loved ones via web, email, text messaging and two-way voice. Because the technology makes possible connectivity to several caregivers at once, the CAPACITY problem is also resolved.
For an elderly parent, for example, you can share the responsibility of responding to SimplyHome “alerts” with one or more family members, professional caregiver(s), and/or SimplyHome’s 24/7 Central Station. Before responding in person to an indication of trouble, you can use an optional video cam to do a Live Look-In, or see a short video clip of when your care recipient was last active.
Professional caregivers find they can support twice as many residents with the SimplyHome system as without it.
Finally, SimplyHome makes this equipment highly affordable (the CAPITAL issue) as a low-cost monthly rental. You can add or subtract components of the system at any time. If an elderly parent begins to wander due to dementia, you can easily add a small people-tracking device.
Everything SimplyHome offers is easy to install (no holes to drill), and 24/7 technical support is provided. SimplyHome also sells power tools for busy caregivers. For more information, call 828/684-8441, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.simplyhome-cmi.com.
Our homes are part of the fabric of who we are! Aging-in-place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
Modifying a home for continued independent living allows us to call our house a “home” for a lifetime. When considering the option of living longer at home through expanded accessibility and removal of barriers, be sure to utilize a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) professional. The CAPS designation was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelors™ Council, in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center and NAHB Seniors Housing Council. This program provides professionals, like those with SimplyHome, the informational training necessary to accommodate the needs to modify homes for aging in place.
Learn more about how assistive technology can empower aging in place at our website, http://simply-home.com/.
Establishing independence in the community for developmentally disabled adults is long overdue. For many, the process is just beginning, and for many others, the idea of independence is still little more than a distant dream. When an individual succeeds, no matter how long or difficult the process may be, it is worth it. A short conversation will easily reveal how gratifying independence and success are to the developmentally disabled. As funding cuts loom and threaten to cripple the industry providing supports for these individuals, establishing independence becomes ever more important.
The San Francisco Chronicle recently explored the costs associated with supporting developmentally disabled individuals in their quest for independence. In this article, the cost of the supports provided is compared with the savings generated when an individual is able to succeed professionally. Likewise, these same cost savings can be seen when an individual is able to live in his or her own home with greatly reduced direct care needs. The SimplyHome system has been helping developmentally disabled adults achieve that personal independence which at one time may have seemed unattainable.
To learn more about how this technology is helping establish independence for the developmentally disabled across the country, go to the SimplyHome website.
Creating a safe environment is a key factor in supporting an independent living lifestyle for the elderly and developmentally disabled. Strength for Caring provides a great checklist here with information on what modifications may need to be made to make a home safer and more accessible for individuals with special needs.
Many of the items listed on the Strength for Caring checklist can be enhanced or watched over remotely using assistive technology. Visit the website below to find out how an assistive technology system can be adapted to meet your specific needs.