Auction Raises Money for Eblen Charities No Place Like Home Program

PhotoheaderWe are happy to report that the No Place Like Home fundraiser was a success, held by Yesterday’s Tree of Asheville, NC. At $15 a piece, all of the ticket sales went directly to the program. We are now excited to distribute those funds directly back into the community.

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We Are Family
Yesterday’s Tree and SimplyHome have a special connection…we are family! With both of our businesses being local, we want to use the auction last week to give back to our community. All ticket sales are being donated to a program called No Place Like Home through Eblen Charities. This program allows local families to have access to assistive technology so they can remain at home…where we all want to be.

No Place Like Home
A Program of Eblen Charities in Partnership with SimplyHome
Volunteered for a week and changed for a lifetime–that was our experience with Extreme makeover Home edition, 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.
Didn’t get a chance to attend? Donate Now.

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Bill Aims to Incentivize Use of Remote Tech for Home Health Providers

Any Home Health Agency interested in partnering with us for a pilot with telehealth technology? This article reports good news if you are.

By on March 20, 2013 in Legislation, News, Technology

U.S. Senators re-introduced a bill that would expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare, also enabling more adults to receive care within the comforts of home, reports the Echo Press of Alexandria, Minnesota.

Introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD), the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act aims to create a pilot program that provides budget incentives for home health agencies nationwide to use remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology.

Through RPM technology, FITT looks to reduce hospital readmissions while simultaneously improving health outcomes and lessening Medicare expenditures, writes the article.

The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create pilot projects providing incentives for home health agencies to purchase and utilize RPM technologies.

How it works, the article notes, is that the technology would establish performance targets based on historic Medicare spending, measuring success via health outcomes for beneficiaries as well as savings under Medicare as a result of the technology.

Because of recent reimbursement penalties issued by Medicare, hospitals have come under scrutiny for high readmission rates.

As one in five Medicare patients winds up back in the hospital in less than 30 days post-discharge, the article writes, remote technology allows patients to be monitored using non-invasive technology, especially if they live in rural settings.

Klobuchar’s and Thune’s legislation has already garnered support from the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, the National Rural Health Association, HealthEverywhere, and the American Hospital Association.

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SimplyHome offers telehealth technology that would be perfect for a pilot program with your home health agency. Check out our website for more information. Telehealth

GPS Tracking Devices: What to Consider When Researching Trackers

_DSC0971Jake is a cheerful and curious child who enjoys exploring his environment.  His mother, Dreama, called us with concerns because he was running from his school classroom. Jake does not communicate verbally so Dreama was worried that if he left the campus, he would get lost and not be able to ask for assistance. She called SimplyHome asking about a GPS device that could be attached to Jake and provide tracking to locate him.

Given cellular technology, there is a wide range of GPS products in the market today.  Most are sold as pendants or watches, but innovations in equipment have even led to the creation of GPS trackers being embedded in shoes.  Just as with any product, GPS equipment varies in price, service, and effectiveness so you may want to consider the following guidelines when researching trackers:

  • What kind of cellular service is needed for the device to be tracked?  Some units only work if a particular cellular phone service is available.
  • What kind of range does the tracker have?  There is a misconception that GPS trackers can locate/pinpoint someone directly where they are.  Ask about the distance involved in determining the location of the device.
  • What kind of services are offered and what fees are associated with them?  Does the company just provide tracking or is there a “geofence” option?  A geofence is an area around a particular location that if a person leaves that area, a notification can be sent.
  • What are the fees associated with the equipment?  The cost of the product may not include the cost of tracking and/or notifications.
  • How are notifications delivered?  Are they automated or is there a call center involved?  Are there text, phone call and/or email options?

SimplyHome’s GPS Care Watch

The Care Watch is actually a tiny cellphone combined with an ultra-accurate GPS location system. Users are completely protected wherever GSM cell service exists. Worn as a watch or a pendant, it’s activated with the simple push of a button.

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It has been a little over 2 weeks since our new website and blog have been up and running. The feedback has been amazing!

If you are a new subscriber, we thank you so much! We recently held a drawing for new subscribers to get a shot at winning one of our $50 Best Buy gift cards. We are happy to announce the winners have been contacted.   We appreciate your continued support.

This month, you will find more blog posts in our series on SimplyHome products and services.  Some of the personal stories may include aging in place while others involve people with disabilities, but the gist of each post is to help people know what to consider when thinking about particular items related to residential technology.

So What’s New?…Everything!

The site has been redesigned with a fresh, new, user-friendly interface and has been updated with information about our latest products and services for independent living. Read testimonials shared with us from our current customers and partners throughout the entire site.

Products

Our Product page gives an all inclusive glance of each product and service that we currently offer. You will find descriptions of each, product photos, instructional videos, and pricing,

How it Works
This page is a complete breakdown of how the sensors work, what types of notifications can be sent out to family and caregivers, and the personal website we provide to each customer to track the data collected from their system.

About Us
The mission and background of SimplyHome are clearly stated on this page. You will also find a list of our current partners and contact information about our company.

The Owners Tell Our Story

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Come find out the latest about SimplyHome on this page. All of our recent articles and press releases are documented here. You can also connect to our Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Blog!!

One of our featured sections on this page describes our experience with a family featured on the Extreme Makeover Home Edition show. There are some great videos to support that.

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Medication Dispensers: Options Available and Choosing Which One is Right For You

Terence’s mother lives on her own and recently began taking medication for her hypertension.  The last time Terence called to check on her, she expressed confusion about which pills to take in the mornings and evenings.  Because his mother lives independently, Terence doesn’t think she needs nursing care to come by the home.  He wants to make sure, however, that his mother does not make an error that leads to an unsafe situation.

For seniors, approximately 1 out of 10 hospital admissions are the result of the incorrect use of medications. Innovations in technology have led to an array of sophisticated medication devices that help to cut down on missed doses and taking incorrect amounts at the wrong times.

Medication notification technologies fall into three basic categories:

  1. telephone-based medication reminders,
  2. alerts integrated as part of home monitoring or safety devices and
  3. electronic medication dispensing systems

Medication Phone Reminders

Medication phone reminders require no special phone or equipment. It is the least expensive option but requires the individual to be capable of administering medication. This allows more room for error and is usually not accompanied by any type of follow up.  Many organizations offer this as a free service.

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The SimplyHome System is capable of monitoring several needs including medication administration. One way to do this is by using a contact sensor on a medication cabinet. With the opening and closing of the cabinet, a caregiver or loved one can be notified via email, text message or phone call if the medications are not accessed at the proper time. This is an affordable option if you are are interested in monitoring other concerns like falls, wandering or cooking safety. Of course, much like phone reminders, the actual pill count is hard to monitor.

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SimplyHome also has a medication dispenser as one of our featured products and services. This device is affordable and allows up to 28 doses at a time. Another reason we recommend this unit is that it is a locked dispenser. These dispensers also have the ability to be automated so you or a family member can have control over how you want to respond to a missed dosage. Another option available would be to have our call center serve as a first responder.

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