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Preparation For Aging At Home

It is common knowledge that technology can help us to lead better lives. Not long ago, it was difficult to imagine a technology that could prevent seniors from having to go to a nursing home.

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Wii, Kenect and SimplyHome-Tech Savvy Seniors

So, what do Microsoft’s new Xbox Kinect, Nintendo’s Wii and SimplyHome have in common? Read More


Live Independently with Assistive Technology

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. Read More

The Solution For Seniors Aging at Home

January 1, 1946 marked the beginning of the Baby Boom – “the single greatest demographic event in U.S. history,” according to Steven Gillon, historian and author of Boomer Nation. Read More

Technology Aids Aging in Place
New in-home technological advances are changing the way seniors age in place. Read More Page 37

Living Independently With A Disability

For individuals with disabilities, everyday tasks can be a challenge. Read More


Happy Holidays


Christmas time may be a good time for family members to open the topic and express concern about their parents’ long-term well-being and safety. It is not an easy conversation to have or realization for that matter. We know that each family is different. If you find that SimplyHome is right for your family, we would like to extend an offer for your FIRST MONTH FREE for any SimplyHome system, as well as, a FREE assessment. Just mention special code SHCHRISTMAS to redeem your coupon. Merry Christmas!


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‘Tis The Season

SimplyHome has been fortunate enough to be able to give back this year. With a very generous donation collected, we were able to give 9 heaters to the Buncombe County Council on Aging. Not a moment to soon either. As soon as they were delivered, a snow storm blew into town! Read more at


We have also been very busy elves working with the Salvation Army putting together boxes of food and bags of toys and clothes. Read more on our blog at www.independentlivingblog.com and tell us about your Christmas traditions.


Who We Are

SimplyHome Systems allow family members and caregivers to support their loved ones without being invasive and without having to be there 24/7 (“just in case” there’s a need.) The SimplyHome system creates a virtual living environment which tracks specific activities within the home. The system then reports those activities to designated family members or caregivers through alerts and the SimplyHome Web Portal. Installation is simple and allows the caregivers to tailor the living environment to the individual, allowing for increased independence–without inhibiting choice. Instant notifications are sent to designated family, friends, caregivers, case managers or other professionals via email and/ or cell phone call or cell phone text message according to each individual’s specific rules. In addition, a Personal Emergency Response (PERS) device is available for the consumer to notify caregivers of an im mediate need for assistance. All of our systems can be used to connect directly with our partner monitoring call center of trained EMT personnel. For more information please visit our website at www.simply-home.com or Toll Free at (877) 684-3581.



SimplyHome – Live Independently with Assistive Technology – By: bsullivan

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.

A Personally-Tailored Caregiver Assistance Plan

SimplyHome understands that family members often are concerned about the safety and independence of their loved ones.

“Working one-on-one with those seeking an enhanced quality of life for those they care for, we first recommend a personal assessment to best determine the level of support needed,” says Allen Ray, CEO.

Caregiver assistance is individually tailored to meet the needs of each client seeking long-term care at home, thereby providing an alternative to expensive, intrusive care and allowing loved ones to remain independent at home.

A wide range of personalized solutions are available that allow family members to connect in a variety of ways. The affordable PERS (personal emergency response system) includes a paging pendant. The more comprehensive Butler package incorporates a stove sensor, environmental controls, and medication support that alert your loved one when it’s time to take medication. Set-up is simple for all SimplyHome in-home support systems. SimplyHome representatives can help you determine the best home long-term care solution. SimplyHome also incorporates on-going assessment tools so that the system may be easily adjusted to meet new circumstances.

Advanced Technology Supports Activities of Daily Living

Using innovative technology, along with the expertise of local care providers, SimplyHome provides safety monitoring that allows individuals to live independently in their own homes. This inconspicuous, maintenance-free technology alerts staff via sensors that detect potential needs, problems, or unplanned events. For example, if a deviation from your loved one’s routine occurs, an alert is sent to a designated caregiver or family member immediately via text message, phone or e-mail. SimplyHome provides a constant connection between clients and a central call center fully staffed by certified EMTs. The Simply Home system is tailored to fit clients’ needs. Family members decide which alerts should be directed to the call center or to designated caregivers, and if alerts should be sent via single or multiple text messages, e-mails or phone calls.
Caregiver assistance often creates a privacy concern. Live-in caregivers and the constant presence of homecare workers often feel like an intrusion on the daily lives of loved ones and family members. SimplyHome is the least intrusive of in-home support systems. SimplyHome products and services are designed to allow individuals to live with maximum independence.

Residents of Assisted Living Facilities Also Benefit

In addition to providing assistance to families looking for supportive, independent-living options for loved ones, home health and home care providers can incorporate SimplyHome to increase the quality of the care they offer. Assisted living facilities, which often are challenged with focusing on quality care for individuals while managing care for large numbers of residents, also can benefit greatly from SimplyHome systems to ensure that each resident is supported and comfortable. System-generated reports allow providers and assisted living staff to predict their clients’ needs, and to create custom, cost-effective care solutions.

Cost-effective Long-Term Care

“SimpyHome’s assistive technology not only empowers individuals and providers by providing assistance with activities of daily living, but also significantly reduces the family’s financial burden,” adds Ray.

SimplyHome’s goal is to help create a supportive home environment by providing easy-to-use assistive technology services. With an offering of personalized systems to improve the quality of care for both you and the one you care for —whether you are a family member or professional caregiver — SimplyHome understands the importance of maximizing independence by providing a continuum of care that gives families peace of mind.

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SimplyHome – The Solution for Seniors Aging at Home

January 1, 1946 marked the beginning of the Baby Boom – “the single greatest demographic event in U.S. history,” according to Steven Gillon, historian and author of Boomer Nation. As noted in a recent USA Today article, the first of 77 million Baby Boomers turn 65 years old on December 1, 2010, with one Boomer turning 65 every eight seconds from 2010 through 2029.

Cost-effective Assistive Technology

In a time of soaring health costs, Boomers face the formidable task of remaining independent as they age. Many are seeking options for aging at home. This highly adaptive generation has lived through the evolution of modern technologies, from answering machines, to computers, to mobile phones and on-demand internet access. As seniors, this same generation is looking to assistive technology to improve their lives.

SimplyHome, a provider of safety monitoring that allows individuals to live independently in their own homes, provides innovative solutions tailored to meet the needs of each client seeking caregiver assistance.

“Seniors and their families often are not just comfortable, but proficient with technology,” says Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “SimplyHome offers cost-effective technology that benefits people choosing to age in place.”

Innovative and Affordable Long Term Care At Home

According to the AARP, 80 percent of Americans age 50 and older own their home, and nearly nine out of 10 older Americans want to remain in their home as long as possible. The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) recently projected that the aggregate national retirement savings deficit is $4.6 trillion, or approximately $48,000 per person aged 65 – and nursing home and home health care costs potentially are doubling that amount.

With nursing home care costs averaging more than $50,000 a year and climbing, caregiving adults wishing to provide loved ones long term care at home are seeking innovative, healthcare monitoring systems, including remote monitoring of medication and daily activities. SimplyHome’s affordable options offer a gateway for adult children of aging parents by individually tailoring solutions to include safety monitoring, health monitors, life alert, emergency alert, and medical alert systems.

Americans are looking to change the experience of growing old while facing the challenges of home long term care. The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) was organized as a community management initiative to provide support, planning, and assistance for seniors wanting to remain in their homes for as long as possible. The NAIPC, appreciating the importance for older Americans to be able to participate in family and community activities, defines aging in place as, “the ability to continue to live in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”

“We provide solutions to meet the needs of those seeking long-term care at home,” adds Ray. “A SimplyHome plan can prevent unexpected events from turning into crises, and can provide your loved one the freedom to live independently.”

Safety Monitoring Maximizes Independence

SimplyHome understands that every customer has different needs and requirements, including connecting long distance family members. SimplyHome provides safety monitoring via innovative technology and the expertise of local care providers. Options such as the SimplyHome Butler System and Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Plus utilize sensors to detect problems, potential needs, or unplanned events. The sensors alert staff that a deviation from your loved one’s routine has occurred. Family members determine which alerts should be directed to designated caregivers or the SimplyHome call center, and if alerts should be sent by phone call, text message, or email.

Ultimately, SimplyHome assists individuals to create a cost-effective plan to age in place, while understanding the importance of maximizing independence and creating a supportive home environment.

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About the Author

Bryan Sullivan is the Executive Vice President of Write Away, Inc. – Editorial and content firm based in Weaverville, NC. He is the Feature Editor of Action Pursuit Games Magazine, Editor of Grilled Magazine. He also often writes for regional & national publications about local history, farming, culture and food. He graduated with a degree in communications from Alfred University in New York State and then went on to attend culinary school in NYC where he graduated in the top percent of his class. He proceeded to work in high-end restaurants in New York City, Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Naples, FL. Bryan currently lives in Asheville, NC with Liisa and their Black Lab, Annie.

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Christmas Cheer!

The SimplyHome crew spent the morning working with the Salvation Army to put together some boxes of food and bags of toys for boys and girls in our area. What an honor! Merry Christmas!


Slate Writes About SimplyHome-Voted #1

Your picks for the best “Data for a Better Planet” ideas.

Illustration by Robert Neubecker. Click image to expand.Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for the “Data for a Better Planet” Hive. Let’s start with the top vote-getters and conclude with an appealing, left-field suggestion.

How Do I Keep My Mom From Moving in With Us?
The headline writer in me likes to think that this idea leaped to the top because of its catchy title, but more likely a lot of us are worried about aging boomer parents. SimplyHome is a system that can “collect and record data of typical behaviors and activities of daily living inside the homes of older adults.” It’s sort of a 21st-century version of Life Call, but instead of a button to press when Grandma’s fallen and can’t get up, this system offers, among other improvements, a panoramic camera in her living room that the family can access via a secure Web site. SimplyHome tailors its setups to each individual, but the aggregate data would be useful for social scientists. Read More

10 Tips For Caregivers

This article has some really great tips for Caregivers… pay special attention to tip #5!

Six Tips for Caregivers

When you’re responsible for an adult loved one who’s battling a debilitating illness, it’s easy to feel alone.

But of course, you’re not. You’re part of a vast, caring army: Upwards of 50 million Americans offer daily support to a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend.

Generally speaking, that army consists of middle-aged adult children or older spouses, who “sacrifice their own health to care for a loved one who is battling a debilitating disease,” says Sharon L. Lewis, PhD, RN, the co-author of a new study, A Stress Busting Program for Family Caregivers.

These caregivers bear a heavy load helping loved ones manage the details of living as well as assist with their most intimate daily needs, including toileting, feeding and simply getting around. (Read More)

Wii, Kinect and SimplyHome – Tech-savvy Seniors

Tue, 16 Nov 2010, 14:47:03 GMT

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 16 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — So, what do Microsoft’s new Xbox Kinect, Nintendo’s Wii and SimplyHome have in common? SimplyHome’s assistive technology is bringing its clients to the next level in independent living and underlying innuendos in Wii and Kinect may also have impacts on helping seniors and those with developmental disabilities to age in place more gracefully and independently.

For instance, a recent health care blogger wrote that since Kinect’s camera is able to follow people as they move about the room that scenarios for home physical therapy or medical rehabilitation with expert avatars or live health professionals is not out of the question. And, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) also understands the potential significance here as well; its recent member newsletter gave Kinect front-page coverage.

In addition, Wii has been turning up in independent living and assisted living homes around the country as a way to keep seniors active and while at first look, many may have been reluctant, more and more are embracing technology in many senses of the word.

Enter SimplyHome – a company that 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 physical or developmental disabilities.

“Our health monitor systems are designed to be less invasive than many others on the market,” explains Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “No call to action is required of the person needing assistance which allows him or her to maintain their dignity and privacy. Technology is no longer the big elephant in the room.”

For seniors, SimplyHome provides support to help them live independently at home. So, how does it work? For example, if a senior leaves the stove on, a sensor detects a potential need. An option is available where the first alert may go to the person requiring support. If that is not a preferred choice, then the first alert is sent immediately through text message, phone call or e-mail to that person’s loved one. Additionally, there are also backup people built into a “calling tree.”

While this assistive technology cannot prevent accidents, choices or behaviors, family and caregivers are notified of actions or inactivity. The systems are unobtrusive, silent and require little or no maintenance.

And, these safety monitoring systems are not just for seniors. They also benefit disabled and developmentally-disabled persons, home health providers, assisted living communities, and long-term care facilities.

“My brother has never been happier,” says one satisfied client. “He is living with greater independence and enjoys being with his roommate and friends.”

In addition to peace of mind, this assistive technology also provides financial relief. “The MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home and Assisted Living Costs,” published in October 2010, reported that the national average for the base rate at a nursing home was $83,585, annually.

So, if a family plans today, they can save tomorrow. For instance, a study of nine consumers living independently with SimplyHome technology and staff support averaged a cost savings of $42,883.85 per person per year when compared to living at an intermediate care facility.

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

Media Contact:
Kristen Suttles
of SimplyHome
Kristen.Suttles@simplyhome-cmi.com .