How-To Book For Home Care Creating a Big Buzz

A partner of SimplyHome and advocate for the use of technology to promote independence, recently wrote a book that is creating a buzz. If you are interested in the Home Care business or want to improve of the business you already have, this is a great read.

Author, Brendan John, is a firm believer that using technology in conjunction with home care is the most efficient way to take good care of our loved ones, while allowing them to remain in their home, where they want to be. He has had great success in the home care business, in part, because he is able to look outside of the box and come up with solutions that are affordable and still give families the peace of mind they desperately need.

HomeCareHowTo.com started as an addendum to Home Care How To – The Guide To Starting Your Senior In Home Care Business. The site provides the tools, support and training necessary for aspiring entrepreneurs to start a home care businesses. Learn to start, operate, grow and succeed by serving seniors and disabled clients in their own home!

For fractions of the cost of purchasing a franchise, membership, venturing on your own or buying an existing agency, Home Care How To provides you what you need to start your home care business.

Founder, author, business owner and coach Brendan John harnesses over 20 plus years of entrepreneurial experience within the senior care and web technology industries to put together an easy to follow, down to earth approach to building your own home care services business.

HOME CARE HOW TO – The Guide To Starting Your Senior In Home Care Business (click this link to get a copy or learn more)

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

STARRING


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.

http://www.simply-home.com/

Watch a short VIDEO about our experience.

                                                                                      SPECIAL OFFER:

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!

TODAY IS NATIONAL FALLS PREVENTION DAY

“The Essentials: Falls and Fall Prevention provides information on risk factors and contains tips that individuals can use to help themselves and their loved ones avoid falls. This booklet was produced by the MetLife Mature Market in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving. Download via: www.MatureMarketInstitute.com

The MetLife Mature Market Institute provides objective research on the issues of aging and longevity.

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.

“I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”

Hear From Our Partners: Part 4

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.

“I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”

By Stacey Pierce, Director of LIVE@HOME Technologies

“Another client of ours who lives in independent living  has been terrorized by Alzheimer’s disease. It has affected her communication and short-term memory.  One night she got up into the darkness and fell!  She had a lifeline but forgot to put it on.  She had a stroke and remained on the floor for up to ten hours , which put her in the hospital and into rehab shortly after.

  While in rehab, everyone was convinced that she would never go back to independent living and would be placed into long-term care.   There was only one problem,  she was so active that if she was confined to one place and not be able to go back to her home, her family was convinced she would die. 

Her daughter appeared at my door one afternoon begging for my help to get her mother back home.  I had not really used technology out of pilot situations but there was no time like the present.  With 24 hour sitters, I place a bed monitor and motion sensors around her small apartment.  I was able to remotely, from my computer, evaluate her movement throughout the day and night and set rules.  Now if she gets out of bed from 10 pm to 6 am and is out of bed for more than one hour the system alerts me on my blackberry, her daughter at home, and nurses station.  So now she can live in her home and while offering peace of mind to her family.”

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.

Celebrating Our Grandparents: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

Honoring Our Grandparents

If you have the honor or privilege to have Grandparents still with you or to have know your Grandparents, today is a special celebration for you.

In honor of National Grandparents Day, some of the employees here at SimplyHome took a few minutes to reflect on memories we have- some good, some funny, and some not so good. Regardless, Grandparents are the root of where we came from. The old saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” usually has some validity to it. I hope you enjoy reading our stories. We sure enjoyed reminiscing in the office today when trying to decide which story to share.

 Drue Ray, SimplyHome Vice President

Some of my best childhood memories are fishing with my grandfathers. My “Granddan” lived one block from the Gulf of Mexico. When I was five, I was deemed old enough to join in. An early summer dawn, was the perfect time to “rake” in the bait, sand fleas, and surf fish for migrating Pompano. As he gathered the fishing gear, I put on my red canvas sneakers for the short walk towards the beach. We would cross the “front beach road” and the sand dunes just in time to witness that instant when the sun brings color back to the beach. After Granddan raked enough sand fleas to bait the hooks, he waded out to the sandbar to cast and returned to the beach to set the rods into their sand caddies, (a length of plastic or rubber pipe attached to steel spike, that is plunged deep into the sand, to keep the rods and reels upright). Then, my education began. I learned all about catching sand fleas; how to stand very still in the “melty” sand, that area of the beach just past where waves break and the sand is the darkest, and to watch the sand for clusters of V shapes with tiny bubbles coming from the base of the V.  Clusters of V’s and bubbles meant a sand flea colony and a chance to use the flea rake. I was trusted with the all important flea rake AND with flea harvesting. At five, I learned I had skills, purpose and that I belonged with him in the realm of “fisher people”.

My “Papa” fished in the local lakes close to his home in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Our fishing trips were all about my experiments on how to best “thread’ a wiggler onto a hook, his lessons on how to determine water depth so as to set the half red/half white “bobber” at just the right place on the line for the worm-baited hook to dangle, enticingly, and his stories. I don’t remember ever catching a fish, although I know I did, and I remember only bits and pieces of his stories, mostly about family lore and history. But, I do remember how it felt to be on the bank or in a little boat with him. And his hands, how mesmerizing his long, talented, almost liquid, fingers were as they worked hooks and worms, moved through the tackle box or steered the boat. But mostly, I remember his voice.  To me, my Papa was a quiet man, his presence conveyed wonder and joy, but, compared to the rest of the family, he seemed so quiet. So, when he talked to me, I knew that, at that moment, I was the most important person in his world.

Kristen Suttles- SimplyHome Marketing Specialist

One of the best memories I have of my Grandparents is when I was about 5 years old and they lived in Florida. I would go to visit them every summer and my Grandmother (Mimi) would always have the best activities planned. If we didn’t have something planned, she came up with something.

I remember one summer day in particular, sitting around the house with nothing planned for that day.  Mimi suddenly jumped up and ran to her bedroom. She came out carrying my Grandfather’s large tin coffee can that he used to collect his quarters in. She flopped down on the carpets and told me we were going to count out as much money as we could and then we were going to hop in the car and drive to Disney World!!! I knew she wasn’t joking, because when she says something, she means it. We collected as much money as we could, and off we went.

We had no plans or reservations or cares in the world. We spent the whole day at Disney, having the time of our lives. When it got dark, we drove until we could find a hotel with a vacancy. It took us a while, but we didn’t care. Once we did, we giggled ourselves to sleep. The next morning we headed back and even had the car break down on us. Yet again, we laughed hysterically while we waited until it was fixed. It is amazing how a bunch of quarters can create such great memories. We still talk about that day often. I am lucky to still have my Grandparents with me to make many more memories in the years to come!

Kingsley Kaminer, SimplyHome Customer Service Representitive

My Grandma, Ruby Schnarr Geisler, was quite a pistol.  Born in 1903, she grew up in a German community in rural southern Indiana.  She only finished the 8th grade, having to go to work early, and when she was 18 she married my Grandpa whose first wife (Ruby’s best friend) died in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918.  She raised their 4 year old son as her own, and in rapid succession had 4 girls of her own, my Mom being the youngest.  She and Grandpa Geisler had a real partnership, often working together farming and owning a restaurant, and I have a great picture of her from the 1930′s standing in front of the school bus she drove for a time.

She always regretted her lack of education, but she was smart and very ambitious for her girls, two of whom became RN’s, one who went to business school, and my own Mom went to Northwestern University in Chicago.  Grandma Geisler was very fun loving, enjoyed music and dancing, and was a fabulous cook.  I can still remember her cellar with all the mason jars of food she canned, and I can still taste her pickled peaches, bathed in sugary syrup seasoned with cloves.  I could eat a whole jar if she let me!

As a child, I loved chicken-and-dumplings, and one summer I asked Grandma to make me some for dinner.  She went to a neighbor’s, got a live chicken, and before she prepared my much anticipated treat, Grandpa slaughtered the bird by chopping off its head.  I can still remember that chicken running around headless in their backyard and to this day I understand what it means to “run around like a chicken with its head cut off.”  Alas, after all her work to prepare this meal for me from scratch, I refused to eat it because I could not get the image of that slaughtered chicken out of my head.  What I wouldn’t give to sit down at her table today and eat some chicken-and-dumplings!

Cricket Hunter, SimplyHome Controller

 I have nothing but fond memories of both sets of grandparents.  My grandparents on my Dad’s side lived in Chicago, and some of my fondest memories are of them taking my brothers,  sisters and me to Cubs games at Wrigley Field – many times a doubleheader!  Woohoo!! 

 On my mother’s side, my grandparents lived in the small town of Rhinelander, WI, and owned a jewelry store.  During my summer vacations spent with them, I loved going into work and “helping” them wait on customers, especially the young couples who were there to pick out engagement/wedding rings! 

My grandparents played a huge role in my idyllic childhood, and it is with much love that I remember them on Grandparent’s Day!

Andrew AbuMoussa, SimplyHome Software Architect

I fondly remember working for hours on end on my grandma’s lap preparing meals for the extended family at the kitchen table.  Perhaps the most productive time of my life.

 

 

 

 

Cameron Kempson, SimplyHome Virtual Care Mangement Specialist and Client Care Educator

At the age of 7, my mother’s parents moved to my hometown to be closer to us.  I was delighted to have Granny and Pop so near by and spent many Saturdays out at their house playing in the big field and fishing in the pond.  As they aged, we decided as a family that they would live with my parents so a small apartment was built beside the house to give my grandparents some independence and my parents some peace of mind.  One of my favorite times spent with my Granny and Pop was the summer between college and graduate school when I lived at home.  Because the apartment was under construction, Granny and Pop lived in the main house.  I spent that summer asking questions, and listening and relistening to the stories about their life together.  I am so amazed by the lives they lived and how they cared for several generations of our family.  I tucked those stories in my heart, and now, I share them with others as a way of remembering and honoring all my grandparents did to make me the person I am.  ~Cameron

Ian Sanders, SimplyHome Director of Sales

My fondest memories of my grandparents were always from the annual beach trip they organized for all of the extended family. We shared an oceanfront house and could always remember as children how our grandparents brought us all together. At each generation in our family some of our most enjoyable family moments came on those trips with our grandparents – who made sure that everyone had no concerns but sun & the sand.

 

 

National Grandparents Day 2011

In the years since Jimmy Carter first declared Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1978, we’ve been following his call to reflect on the impact grandparents have on our own lives — and on society. In that spirit, we’ll help you celebrate the grands in your life with creative gifts, activities for the whole family, and more. Read more: http://www.grandparents.com/gp/topics/national-grandparents-day.html#ixzz1XTAghRgj

Have You Heard of The “Green House” Movement?

If you haven’t heard of the Green House movement, this is a great article to read. We are proud partners of the Cottages at St. Martin’s, a Green House community in Birmingham, also featured in this article. They have embraced the use of technology to enhance their clients independence and dignity.

Elder care expert Dr. William Thomas: New approach needed for seniors

Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 1:42 PM     Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 1:51 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The next generation of elderly Americans will spend more time with their peers in the their old age and less with their family, and the nation’s model for caring for its senior citizens needs to adapt, a leading elder care expert said today.

Dr. William Thomas, recognized as the founder of the “green house” movement that places elders in smaller group homes instead of traditional nursing homes, said today’s middle-aged adults have educated their children to an unprecedented degree. As a result, more of those children move farther away from home in pursuit of careers and will be less involved in caring for their elderly parents.

Thomas, a geriatrician and founder of The Green House Project in Mississippi, advocates a system in which about 20 elders live in clustered group homes, with staff to help with basic needs and nurses and physicians making regular visits.

“The notion is radically simple,” Thomas told the Birmingham Rotary Club. “Elders need community in order to thrive.”

The Cottages at St. Martin’s, a Green House community in Birmingham, is among the leading examples of the philosophy, he said. It has stacked homes on top of one another, putting multiple group homes in a single building and solving a real estate problem that vexes the industry.

The Jewish Home in New York City is building a 22-story collection of elder group homes based on the St. Martin’s model, he said.

Because of changing demographics, it’s necessary to rethink how elders are cared for, he said.

“You may not be interested in aging,” he said. “But aging is interested in you.”

Being Independent With Dementia

Hear From Our Partners: Part 3

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.

Being Independent With Dementia

By Stacey Pierce, Director of LIVE@HOME Technologies

“Often times when a person with Dementia is moved, there seems to be increased confusion due to unknown surroundings.  We have had the opportunity to place technology in a home where the lady has been diagnosed with dementia and her family had made the choice to move her from her home in the community to an independent living area at a local CCRC.  The concern of the CCRC was if she wandered out of her house in the middle of the night she could possibly get lost on the 700 acres of surrounding property.  The family was made aware of the concerns but chose to continue the move, feeling that she would be safer there than in her private home. Along with the technology, the family hired a private caregiver to stay with her at night to redirect her if there was any increase in confusion.

This is when we were able to go into the home and assess the situation and place motion sensors, bed sensors and door sensors around the house.  We were able to monitor her activity for a couple of weeks so rules could be set according to her activities.  One rule that has been established is that if she goes out of any door after 10 PM to 7 AM on campus security is notified.  After one month, her nightly activity has become routine and only gets up one time a night around 3 AM and then goes back to bed.” 

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.