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You’re invited to the 6th Annual Holiday Preview Party at Yesterdays Tree. Donations and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the “No Place Like Home” program sponsored by SimplyHome and Eblen Charities.

Yesterday’s Tree is a one-of-a-kind, full-service design company and furniture store homegrown in Asheville, NC… and family to SimplyHome! The annual event is being held Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 pm. They will have food, libations, prizes and fun! Special prices will be offered just for the evening. Please come out and support the community.

South Forest Shopping Center

780 Hendersonville Rd.

Asheville, NC 28803

What is “No Place Like Home”

Volunteered for a week and changed for a lifetime–that was our experience with Extreme Home Makeover, and when we returned to Asheville, we wanted to make the same difference in our own community.  As a result, SimplyHome has partnered with Eblen Charities to create No Place Like Home, a program offering individuals access to the assistive technology they need to live independently at home.

If you can’t make it to the Holiday Preview Party, we invite you to help us in this endeavor by making a tax deductible contribution to our program and by sharing information with friends and colleagues. Together, we can make independent residential living possible because as we all know–there’s No Place Like Home.

Using your smart phone, download an app for reading QR codes, such as QR Reader or Quick Scan.  Click onto the app, scan the code, and you will be directed to the website on your phone.

Half of Seniors, Even More Boomers Willing to Use Remote Monitoring Technology

 | October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Although healthcare technology had a more widespread appeal to younger consumers, the idea of using remote monitoring sparked interest in half of seniors and even more baby boomers, according to a 2012 study conducted by the Deloitte Center for Health and Solutions. 

Millennials between the ages of 18 and 30 are more likely than Boomers (ages 48-66) and Seniors (ages 67+) to use innovative technologies that support greater “self-engagement” in their care. However, 50% of seniors and 57% of boomers are open to using self-monitoring, or remote health monitoring technology, that sends information to doctors.

However, when it comes to applications that would provide medication reminders, far less seniors and boomers—at 14% and 27%, respectively—favored the idea, compared to 61% of Millennials.

The ease of accessibility attracts a younger, more tech savvy market that desires to take a more receptive role as health care consumers, says Deloitte. Health care technologies permitting doctor-patient interactions, treatment support, appointment scheduling and prescription refilling, can provide tech users with hands-on information regarding medical matters right at an individual’s fingertips. 

Although seniors generally have more healthcare needs than their younger counterparts, their relative lack of interest in using innovative health information technologies (HIT) may be due to concern regarding the security and privacy of medical histories/records, the survey suggests.

The Deloitte Center also records that younger generations are more likely to seek cost and quality information, as well as negotiating pricing with providers than older generations. Where 23% of Millenials asked about pricing before agreeing to treatment, only 14% of Boomers did the same. The number is even less for Seniors, at a mere 8%.

As consumer demands for more options, information, and decision involvement grows, so will the number of younger generations seeking self-engagement as they age, says Deloitte, not only for themselves, but for family as well. To adjust to this increase, health care systems will need to set up more tools and opportunities for individuals’ self-concerned care. 

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Innovative Services, Inc. Recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of Healthcare’s Fastest-Growing Healthcare Companies

My Innovative Services utilizes SimplyHome technology to empower greater independence to individuals living with a disability.

Asheville, NC

SimplyHome would like to congratulate Innovative Services, Inc., our Wisconsin based partner who has been named one of Healthcare’s Hottest Companies. Innovative Services provides supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the use of innovative technology.

Modern Healthcare recognized 40 of the fastest growing companies by growth from 2006 to 2011 in these sectors: hospitals/hospital systems, physician group practices, payers/insurers, and suppliers. It’s growth of over 105% ranks Innovative Services as 32nd on their list.

Innovative Services, Inc. provides flexible, accessible and family-centered supports and services to developmentally disabled and special needs consumers in Wisconsin. As they work to improve the lives of the people they serve, Innovative Services understands the importance of utilizing the funds available for healthcare, inclusive of SimplyHome technology to promote greater independence.

“We believe our understanding the needs of individuals who require the supports we provide, tied to recognizing the limitations to the assets available, is the secret to our successful growth,” says Rick Bahr, Chief Operating Officer of Innovative Services.

Modern Healthcare is the industry’s leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. They report on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through their weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events. Modern Healthcare magazine is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives and deemed a “must-read” by the who’s who in healthcare.

The weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events provide a powerful and all-encompassing industry presence.

Requirements to be eligible for Modern Healthcare’s Fastest Growing Healthcare Companies are:

  • Be headquartered in the U.S.
  • Have at least $20 million in revenue for 2011, and
  • Have been in business for five years or more.

All submitted financial documentation was tabulated and analyzed by Modern Healthcare. A sample of Modern Healthcare’s tabulations were independently assessed by the accounting and management consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche.

About Innovative Services, Inc.

Since its inception in 2004, Innovative Services has been dedicated to providing safe and healthy support services that encourage maximum independence for the people they serve.

That emphasis on individual independence and choice makes Innovative Services the preferred supplier for consumers in Wisconsin. The company now serves more than 850 developmentally disabled children and adults throughout the state.

For more information visit: www.myinnovativeservices.com.

About SimplyHome, LLC

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions 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 Emergency Response Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.  SimplyHome is a 2012 Edison Award winner for “Best New Product.”

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

How in the World Will We Care for All the Elderly?

 

This is a great article published in the New York Times today.

How in the World Will We Care for All the Elderly?

By JUDITH GRAHAM

All over the world, people are living longer than ever before and posing caregiving challenges that span the globe.

We think of this phenomenon as particularly true of wealthy “first world” countries like the United States. But it’s not.

Consider these facts, drawn from a fascinating new portrait of global agingpublished by the United Nations Population Fund:

  • Developing countries in Africa, Asia and other regions are experiencing the most rapid aging of their populations, not developed countries like those in Europe or North America. “Today, almost two in three people aged 60 or over live in developing countries, and by 2050, nearly four in five will live in the developing world,” the report says. (While 60 isn’t considered an entry point into older age here, it’s the cutoff used by the United Nations.)
  • Developing countries are also seeing the fastest growth in the ranks of the “oldest old” — in this report, those 80 years old and above. By 2050, an estimated 280 million people in developing countries – most of them women, who tend to live longer than men – will be in this category, compared with 122 million in developed regions. Of course, this is the population group most likely to become frail by virtue of age and illness and to require the greatest assistance.

Here are some other facts that made my head spin: Almost 58 million people worldwide will turn 60 this year. By 2050, there will be more old people than children under the age of 15 for the first time in history.

It’s hard to wrap one’s mind around a demographic change of this magnitude and the caregiving challenges that it entails.

The true nightmare prospect is this: People live longer, with more chronic illnesses like high blood pressure or diabetes, in poorer health, requiring more attention from family members and costly medical care.

Should the globalization of aging follow that path, the strains on governments and families will be extraordinary and potentially devastating.

The best picture is this: People live longer, in good health, remaining productive, valued members of society who contribute in workplaces, communities and families through their later years, and are treated respectfully and supported economically and socially as they become frail.

The authors of the United Nations report argue that those goals are achievable, with well-thought-out policies and a firm commitment to care for the elderly while taking advantage of their wisdom, skills and experience.

But data in the report speaks to the enormous scope of this challenge. Witness this nugget: “Worldwide, more than 46 percent of people aged 60 years and over have disabilities and more than 250 million older people experience moderate to severe disability.”

Which conditions top the list in developing countries? Visual impairments like cataracts, glaucoma, refractive errors and macular degeneration, which currently affect 94.2 million people, hearing loss (43.9 million people), osteoarthritis (19.4 million) and ischemic heart disease (11.9 million).

Who will take care of older adults with these problems? Once it was a given that families would do so in the developing world, where nearly three-quarters of adults live in intergenerational households rather than on their own, which is the norm in the United States and Europe.

But as middle-aged adults leave rural areas for economic opportunities in the city – this is happening in Africa, large parts of China and other regions — older adults are left behind to tend to grandchildren and take care of themselves as best they can, without the aid of adult children.

“Informal support systems for older persons are increasingly coming under stress as a consequence, among others, of lower fertility, out-migration of the young, and women working outside the home,” the United Nations report observes.

What this means is that the old are taking care of the old in many instances.

Japan is currently the oldest country in the world, the only one where elders represent more than 30 percent of the total population. There, about 60 percent of so-called informal caregivers (friends or relatives who care for older people voluntarily, without being paid) are 50 or older.

“This percentage can be expected to increase steeply over the coming decades as a consequence of population aging,” the United Nations report says.

Thirty-eight years from now, 64 countries will stand alongside Japan with seniors exceeding 30 percent of their total populations.

It’s no surprise that the United Nations Population Fund reiterates the need for greater support for caregivers of the elderly. Progress is being made, it notes, with some countries (the Russian Federation, the Slovak Republic, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Canada) introducing paid “allowances” for caregivers, others passing laws supporting caregivers (Japan, Finland and Sweden) and still others developing national strategies relating to caregiving (Australia, New Zealand and Britain) But the needs outstrip resources being made available, in those nations, as well as here.

Countries around the world a decade ago developed a framework, known as the Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging, to respond to these trends and others, and a meeting is being held on Wednesday in New York to discuss the progress they’re making.

No one suggests enough is being done. But increasingly, there’s an awareness that the aging of the globe doesn’t lie off on the horizon: It’s a reality, here and now, and unfolding at breathtaking speed.

Enlightened policies, including those dealing with caregiving, may make a great difference in the experience of older adults in the years to come. Stasis and a failure to envision new ways of responding to these demographic shifts, both here in the United States and in the world that surrounds us, no longer seem an option, but the way ahead remains unclear.