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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Taking The Wrong Medication

Hear From Our Partners: Part 2

We recently sat down with Stacey Pierce, Director of LIVE@HOME Technologies to get the inside scoop on how she has seen technology change people’s lives. Pierce started the Senior Solutions business in March 2008 and at the same time started researching technology, deploying her first unit with a client in late 2008.   She found SimplyHome on her quest for researching new and innovative technology to better serve her clients. She says she has many success stories. Here is another example she wanted to share.

Taking the Wrong Medication

By Stacey Pierce, Director of LIVE@HOME Technologies

“We had installed technology in a private room and a local CCRC.  We began to monitor the patterns of this resident and noticed that she was up wandering around her room during all hours of the night.  We did not notice increase movement in the bathroom so we were able to quickly rule out possible urinary tract infection, which is common in the aging population. I went to this resident and ask how she had been sleeping.  She replied by saying, “I sleep like a baby”.

We then called the nurse, who was in charge of her medications, and showed her the findings, along with explaining the increased motion within the room at all hours of the night.  The nurse then stated that particular resident had been placed on a sleeping medication, which in some cases reported sleep walking.  We were able to contact the doctor and have her medication changed and now she is sleeping throughout the night.”

Follow our blog in the coming weeks for more success stories on how technology is being used to change and empower peoples’ lives.

About Stacey Pierce

Pierce is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) working with pediatric, orthopedic and geriatric patients. In 2007, she joined The Methodist Oaks Staff as Director of Senior Solutions, a new home service business for the community. While successfully growing the Senior Solution business, she and the CEO of the Methodist Oaks, 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. We continue the constant research even today, seeking out the newest product to make a difference in a person’s life,” said Pierce.

With both her technology expertise and therapy background she has been afforded the opportunity to play an active role in aging people in place around SC. She spends time researching, educating, and bringing awareness of the many options that are available to the aging population. She is currently working with the University Of South Carolina School Of Gerontology in connection with its Smart Home project. They partner with USC and other providers to submit grants to use Senior Solutions, Technology and CAPS to establish a pilot utilizing multiple disciplines to age people in place. Currently, they are part of a two-year University study on immediate fall detection using passive technology. (no action required by the person)

“I am dedicated to providing services such as in-home care, innovative technology, and home renovations to seniors wanting to age in place with independence, safety and peace of mind,” said Pierce.

About The Methodist Oaks

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 variously technologies which are available and utilizes that which best suits the client’s situation. L@HT 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. There is no ONE answer. Each situation is different. Some may need fairly simple technology while others will need a much more involved array of technological applications. We have also have situations where our free evaluation reveals that technology is not needed, just some in-home personal care.

FALLS AND FALL PREVENTION TIPS FOR EVERYONE, WITH FOCUS ON MOST VULNERABLE: OLDER AMERICANS AND CHILDREN

The MetLife Mature Market Institute has a new publication available free to the public, The Essentials: Falls and Fall Prevention, produced in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving.

The booklet provides information on the risk factors for falls and contains a number of tips that individuals can engage to help themselves and their loved ones avoid falls.

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One System Does NOT Fit All

Hear From Our Partners

We recently sat down with Stacey Pierce, Director of LIVE@HOME Technologies to get the inside scoop on how she has seen technology change people’s lives. Pierce started the Senior Solutions business in March 2008 and at the same time started researching technology, deploying her first unit with a client in late 2008.   She found SimplyHome on her quest for researching new and innovative technology to better serve her clients. She says she has many success stories. Here is one example she wanted to share.

Knowing When Someone Has Fallen Before It is Too Late

By Stacey Pierce, Director of LIVE@HOME Technologies

“We recently installed a system for a gentleman in Columbia, SC, who also has a house in the Asheville, NC area.  He splits his time between both residents.  In his case he needs direct communication with his doctors, who are located in Columbia.  This gentleman’s medical history includes several heart surgeries, congestive heart failure and diabetes.  He admits having a history of forgetting to take his medication and eating in the morning, which are both concerns of the doctor and caregivers.

Despite his medical history, he is still very active, but has experienced several falls in the past year.  In his Columbia residence, we installed motion sensors throughout the house, along with a bed sensor and door sensors.  Due to his history of falls, the rules that were established were as follows;  if he gets out of bed between 11 PM and 8 AM, and is out for more than 1 hour, and no motion is detected around the house it will alert his caregiver (that being family, friend, or neighbor).  Another rule was also established that calls the caregiver if he goes out of any back door and the door has not been opened back up within one hour. These two rules will help detect if he has possibly fallen and needs help.

Monitoring Wellness

This particular system also involves wellness components.  Taking into account his medical history, we were able to work with his Doctor to set rules such as, if he gains more than 3 lbs in 24 hours or 4 lbs. in 48 hours, the doctor’s office staff will be alerted. This could be the signs of congestive heart failure.  If his glucose is less than 100 or greater than 200, the doctor’s office will be alerted.  Considering his health and need for direct contact with his doctor daily, we also installed the system in his Asheville home.  This system was designed just to monitor wellness, not activity, since he has a live in caregiver on the premises.”

One great element about the system that Pierce describes it that it is completely customized to this particular customer. SimplyHome does not believe that one system fits all. We feel strongly about finding people solutions, whether that is technology or not, to allow them to remain dignified and independent. Follow our blog in the coming weeks for more success stories on how technology is being used to change and empower peoples’ lives.

About Stacey Pierce

Pierce is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) working with pediatric, orthopedic and geriatric patients. In 2007, she joined The Methodist Oaks Staff as Director of Senior Solutions, a new home service business for the community. While successfully growing the Senior Solution business, she and the CEO of the Methodist Oaks, 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. We continue the constant research even today, seeking out the newest product to make a difference in a person’s life,” said Pierce.

With both her technology expertise and therapy background she has been afforded the opportunity to play an active role in aging people in place around SC. She spends time researching, educating, and bringing awareness of the many options that are available to the aging population. She is currently working with the University Of South Carolina School Of Gerontology in connection with its Smart Home project. They partner with USC and other providers to submit grants to use Senior Solutions, Technology and CAPS to establish a pilot utilizing multiple disciplines to age people in place. Currently, they are part of a two-year University study on immediate fall detection using passive technology. (no action required by the person)

“I am dedicated to providing services such as in-home care, innovative technology, and home renovations to seniors wanting to age in place with independence, safety and peace of mind,” said Pierce.

About The Methodist Oaks

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 variously technologies which are available and utilizes that which best suits the client’s situation. L@HT 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. There is no ONE answer. Each situation is different. Some may need fairly simple technology while others will need a much more involved array of technological applications. We have also have situations where our free evaluation reveals that technology is not needed, just some in-home personal care.

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: http://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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