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.

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Kristen Suttles of SimplyHome

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April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, a global effort to raise awareness and world attention on the issues affecting those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

According to the CDC, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.

The CDC estimates that an average of 1 in 110 children in the U.S have an ASD. People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently than other people.

SimplyHome provides technology supports to several individuals with autism. We have been able to come up with different solutions for each family to address their specific needs. One family in particular has an autistic son who thought it was a game to sneak out of the house and try to cross four lanes of busy traffic to get to a McDonalds. They were running out of options until we installed some sensors on the doors and windows that announced in the home when they were being tampered with.  It was an easy solution that has now provided his family with the peace of mind they needed and hoped for.  (watch the story featured on WLOS)

For more information on autism visit the National Autism Association Website.

Charles Lea Center Reduces Costs Using SimplyHome

SimplyHome has partnered with The Charles Lea center in Spartanburg to provide technology in their new independent apartment program.  SimplyHome installed systems that monitor 24 different individuals between 3 different apartment complexes in Spartanburg County.

“The use of SimplyHome will allow us to reduce staffing at several of our locations as in the past we needed a staff person to “sit” with the person and now we don’t,” says Pam Prevatte,  Charles Lea Center Director of Communications.  ” Our consumers do not want people staying with them – SimplyHome allows them the independence they crave and you can’t put a price tag on quality of life,” she says.

The housing program is called (HUD) housing. In the United States, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act of 1968, along with supporting community development, increasing home ownership, and fighting housing discrimination.

The systems SimplyHome put in place for these 24 individual include motion sensors, door and window sensors, paging buttons, stove sensors, bed sensors, and wheelchair sensors that are all used to alert staff if a possible problem occurs. The sensors are looking for inactivity in the apartments that might indicate a fall or outside doors opening during night time hours. When a system rule is broken, a staff member immediately gets a phone call, text message, and announcement in the office so they can take appropriate actions. For example, one resident was used to being interrupted several times a night to be turned in her bed. She now has a paging button that she can push only when she wants to be turned, which gives her the choice and the independence she deserves.

SimplyHome is proud to be a part of such a great organization with such innovative thinkers. Our technology, along with Charles Lea staff, helps provide these individuals with maximum independence.

What is the Charles Lea Center?

The Charles Lea Center is a haven for more than 1,400 individuals – newborns to seniors – and their families, at two campuses and 62 group homes in Spartanburg County. As a vital community resource, it provides services that often cannot be found elsewhere in the Upstate. The Center employs approximately 625 individuals, of whom most work directly with consumers. This staff is is committed to providing the most compassionate services and developing opportunities that wlll lead to an improved quality of life for all consumers.

For almost 40 years, the Center has been the place to turn for innovative services and expert care for individuals with disabilities and chronic medical conditions in Spartanburg County. It has grown from an agency with 275 consumers and a budget of $500,000 in 1971 to a budget surpassing $27 million. The Center is the county’s second-largest nonprofit (after Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System) and is a driving force in Spartanburg County’s economy.

To learn more about the Charles Lea Center visit their website at www.charleslea.org. To learn more about SimplyHome technology or to request a free assessment visit www.simply-home.com or call us toll free at (877) 684-3581.

BIANC’s Walk and Roll-athon: April 9 in Asheville’s Carrier Park

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The Western North Carolina community is celebrating March’s National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month with the 5th annual Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (BIANC) Walk and Roll-athon on this Saturday, April 9 in Asheville’s Carrier Park. The event will run from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Walk and Roll-athons have been held in several N.C. cities throughout March and early April, including events in Concord, Greenville, and Raleigh-Morrisville. BIANC’s goal is to provide support for people with traumatic brain injury through four actions: prevention, education, research and advocacy.

Falls are the most common cause of TBI according to the CDC. (Source: CDC)

Over 180,000 North Carolinians are living with traumatic brain injury, and over 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain a TBI each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention. To learn more about what BIANC is doing to help raise awareness about this quiet epidemic, visit their website.

And for more information on how you can get involved and participate in the Asheville Walk and Roll-athon this coming Saturday, check out the information sheet from BIANC’s website.

For a story about a local man recovering from a traumatic brain injury with the help of CarePartners Rehabilitative Hospital, read this story from WLOS. Please note that the actual date for the Walk and Roll-athon is this Saturday, April 9–not April 17 as the WLOS website claims. Thanks!