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On January 6, 2012, SimplyHome made its second appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in the Gibbs Family episode. Because Audrey Gibbs’ vision was failing and had suffered several brain aneurysms, SimplyHome was asked to create business applications and technologies that would enable her to work out of her new home.

“We are pleased to return to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “But what pleases us more is that we were able to create solutions that empowered Audrey to continue working.”

The Gibbs Family

Prior to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Audrey Gibbs and her six children lived in a rural Iowa farmhouse with no functional plumbing or indoor bathrooms. Soon after her husband’s death, Audrey’s vision began to fail and it became difficult for her to travel to town for work.

SimplyHome’s Return to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

When it became clear that “off the shelf” technologies would not provide the solutions needed for Audrey Gibbs and her family, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition contacted assistive technology leader and show veteran, SimplyHome. The Gibbs Family episode marked SimplyHome’s second appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has done a great job improving accessibility in the home beyond the physical environment,” said Ian Sanders, Director of Sales at SimplyHome. “With the use of technology, we are able to expand options that really support independent living.”

The Gibbs Family / SimplyHome Connection

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition asked SimplyHome to create business applications and technologies that would enable Audrey to work out of her new home. Supports provided by SimplyHome included: custom software with features such as appointment scheduling, billing, and communication with clients; integration for all business applications with Audrey’s iPad, iPhone and laptop; and a business website. Audrey also received a scanning device that can audibly read typewritten words and handwriting from a piece of paper. In Addition, SimplyHome setup a surround sound system in Audrey’s massage room, wi-fi throughout the house, and a 42″ interactive touch screen television for her daughter.

Learn more about the technology we provided for the Gibbs family at www.simply-home.com/extreme.

Calling All Western NC Residents, Come Support the Chisholm Champion Challenge This Weekend

When SimplyHome was contacted by the Eblen Foundation to talk with Susan Chisholm, we welcomed the opportunity.  Shannon, a local athlete, wife and mother, was paralyzed last July when she was struck from behind by a vehicle while training on her bicycle.  As a result of the accident, Shannon’s life has changed significantly.  Medical bills need to be paid, and her home needs to be accessible so she can meet her basic needs.

Area fitness clubs are joining together to host the Chisholm Challenge, a fundraising event created to support Shannon Chisholm, a local athlete and mother who was paralyzed in a cycling accident in July 2011.    The event will run from Friday evening, January 27 through Saturday evening, January 28, 2012.

The Chisholm Challenge was designed not only to raise funds to offset the costs of Shannon’s medical bills but also to promote awareness of the benefits of fitness and exercise.  “Shannon’s athleticism and determination are such an inspiration.  We are honored to come together to support Shannon and hope we will inspire others in this community to get active,” noted Jolene Puffer of Real Fitness for Life, one of the organizers of the challenge.

The 2 day event will begin with a Friday evening yoga class from 4-8pm at Sun Soo TaeKwando and end with a Saturday Night Zumba Party from 4-8pm at the Asheville Racquet Club’s downtown location in the Crowne Plaza.

Throughout the day Saturday, events at several fitness clubs will be open to nonmembers who purchase the red Chisholm Challenge wrist bands.

Wrist bands are $10 and may be purchased at the following locations:  Asheville Fitness Club, Asheville Racquet Club, The Body Shop Fitness Center, LT’s Primal Fitness, 03 Health and Fitness, The Rush and Sun-Soo TaeKwondo.   Wrist bands will also be sold at the door of the Friday night yoga event and the Saturday evening Zumba Party.

SimplyHome was honored to be a part of the planning team for this event.  We would like to thank all the local fitness centers who have contributed so much time and energy to make this fundraiser possible.  We hope you will join us in supporting Shannon by taking part in Chisholm Challenge!

SimplyHome Nominated for the 2012 Edison Award

We are pleased to announce that SimplyHome has been nominated for the 2012 Edison Award – Honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation!

The Edison Best New Product Awards™ are among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.  Unique to the world of award programs, the Edison Awards are focused on the innovators as much as the innovations. The Edison Awards recognize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his tremendous legacy. Examples of past winners include Martha Stewart, J.W. Marriot Jr., Apple iPhone, WiiFit and Tide to Go.

After SimplyHome was nominated, we were asked to talk a little about the process. As a result, the Edison Award office has highlighted SimplyHome in their newsletter and on their website. Read below to see our response or click this link. www.edisonawards.com

An Honor — AND a Great Exercise

Letter from a 2012 Nominee

When our company, SimplyHome,was contacted by Gail Kerr about an Edison Award nomination, our corporate team considered this opportunity not only an honor but also an exercise.
Being a small business, we have staff that specializes in various areas, but we do not have an extensive team of people who handle our marketing and publicity.  Read more
About SimplyHome
SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. We are committed to promoting affordable and dignified options for independent living. Our technology is completely customized to your needs and desires. It is silent and wireless but provides round the clock support for your safety.  The technology can be changed at a moments notice to address any new or different need. www.simply-home.com
An unprecedented number of products, services and companies were nominated this year, representing some of the finest examples of innovative thinking ever.

The competition for 2012 Edison Awards enters into its final phase now as our Panel of Judges yesterday began reviewing the ballot of nominees selected by the Edison Awards Steering Committee.

January 23 – February 3, 2012

Voting by Edison Awards’ Panel of Judges takes place

February 13, 2012

Finalists for the 2012 Edison Awards will be announced

April 26, 2012

Winners of the 2012 Edison Awards will be announced at the annual black-tie Gala evening event

Fundraiser a Success

Thanks for Supporting No Place Like Home

With the help of local food trucks like The Lowdown, Ursa Minor, Pink Taco, and the Gypsy Queen, along with Scenedipity, and all of you who came out, the SimplyHomeTown Food Truck Fundraiser was truly a success.

All donations received benefited No Place Like Home and have been matched by SimplyHome. Also given were two No Buttons Headsets — enabling totally hands-free, voice command texting, emailing and phone calls.

No Place Like Home is a charitable partnership between SimplyHome & Eblen Charities that promotes independent living by providing assistive technology to local senior adults and people with disabilities.

Please see video below of the drawing for  food truck gift certificate winners.

SimplyHome Returns to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with Second Appearance of the Season

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Assistive Technology Leader, SimplyHome, makes second appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this Friday, January 6, 2012 at 8pm EST, with the Gibbs Family episode.

Asheville, N.C. (PRWEB) January 04, 2012

When it became clear that “off the shelf” technologies would not provide the solutions needed for Audrey Gibbs and her family, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition contacted assistive technology leader and show veteran, SimplyHome. The Gibbs Family episode marks SimplyHome’s second appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this season and premieres Friday, January 6, 2012 at 8pm EST.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has done a great job improving accessibility in the home beyond the physical environment,” said Ian Sanders, Director of Sales at SimplyHome. “With the use of technology, we are able to expand options that really support independent living.”

Prior to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Audrey Gibbs and her six children lived in a rural Iowa farmhouse with no functional plumbing or indoor bathrooms. Soon after her husband’s death, Audrey’s vision began to fail and it became difficult for her to travel to town for work.

SimplyHome was asked to create business applications and technologies that would enable Audrey to work out of her new home. Supports provided by SimplyHome included: custom software with features such as appointment scheduling, billing, and communication with clients; integration for all business applications with Audrey’s iPad, iPhone and laptop; and a business website. Audrey also received a scanning device that can audibly read typewritten words and handwriting from a piece of paper.

In Addition, SimplyHome setup a surround sound system in Audrey’s massage room, wi-fi throughout the house, and a 42″ interactive touch screen television for her daughter.

“We are pleased to return to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “But what pleases us more is that we were able to create solutions that empowered Audrey to continue working.”

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified options for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Alert Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.
For more information, visit: http://www.simply-home.com .

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The Emmy award-winning reality program ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” now in its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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