Meet our new Communications Intern

Lisa Riggsbee, our new communications intern, is joining us to write for our blog, keep you up to date on social media and spearhead our summer Lunch and Learns. We are excited to introduce Lisa to you and to work with her this summer. Her enthusiasm and drive are already evident and we look forward to the innovation she will bring to all that she will do at SimplyHome!

Lisa is a student at University of North Carolina-Asheville (UNCA) where she is a Health and Wellness Promotion major with minors in Psychology and Mass Communication. Lisa was recently named a Community Engaged Scholar for UNCA for her outstanding achievements in community wellness promotion while working with organizations such as the YMCA Youth Development Center/Healthy Living Campaign, Pursuing Health Equity Asheville and UNCA’s HAPI Lab.

Having a passion for writing and community wellness promotion, Lisa seemed like a good fit for our team. Lisa was recently featured on the Y-USA’s Young Leader’s blog. Her experiences from the classroom and from her internship with the YMCA, will bring new perspective to our staff.

When she is not in the classroom, you can find Lisa enjoying the sunshine on a hike or hanging out with a good cup of coffee.  Having played volleyball and studied abroad during her time at UNCA, Lisa has come to us with a broad skill set and a unique angle on community health and healthy living. Her ultimate goal is to help people help themselves in all areas of life.

Lisa will graduate from UNCA in the spring of 2015, at which time she hopes to pursue a career in community and public health.

Ranking Names Best States For Disability Services

Arizona, Hawaii, New York, South Carolina and Ohio…all are among the top 10 best states for disability services that are also utilizing SimplyHome technology.

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Arizona came in first in a nationwide ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Shutterstock)Arizona came in first in a nationwide ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Shutterstock)

An annual ranking of states offering the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reveals a familiar but evolving landscape.

The analysis of disability services in all 50 states and the District of Columbia being released Thursday by United Cerebral Palsy finds top performers spanning the map. In previous years, the best services were largely clustered in the Northeast and West.

Arizona claimed the number one slot in the ranking for the third year in a row. Also rounding out the 10 best on this year’s list are Michigan, Hawaii, Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio and Missouri.

The analysis factors each state’s approach to promoting independence and productivity, ensuring quality and safety, keeping families together and reaching people in need.

Nationally, almost 317,000 people remain on waiting lists for home and community-based services, according to the report, which is largely based on data from 2012, the most recent year available.

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Aeris Communications and SimplyHome Partner to Improve Quality of Life and Independence for the Elderly and Disabled Living at Home

SimplyHome chooses Aeris machine-to-machine network to power new assistive living solution to provide customers the medical support needed without sacrificing independence.

Santa Clara, Calif., May 8, 2013Aeris® Communications, the only cellular carrier built exclusively for machines, today announced it has partnered with SimplyHome, a leader in the assistive technology industry, to launch the most innovative home care solution for independent living – specifically tailored to serve aging and disabled populations nationwide.

The new assistive living solution utilizes the latest advances in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications to eliminate the need for just-in-case staff time. This saves state programs, such as Medicaid, millions of dollars, while giving families peace of mind and providing the elderly and disabled the medical support needed without sacrificing quality of life or independence.

By communicating with multiple sensors to observe activities of daily living, SimplyHome can proactively alert caregivers and loved ones of changes in behavioral patterns. Text, email, or phone alerts can then be generated by a single event, a combination of events, or by inactivity. SimplyHome can also monitor wellness priorities ranging from blood pressure and glucose levels, to weight and medication management.

“The single biggest driver of elevated costs in assisted living care is just-in-case staff time. As the Baby Boomers age, healthcare costs will likely rise. As a result, Medicaid is under increased pressure to find more cost-effective solutions to better control these costs without compromising care,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome. “We partnered with Aeris because of its flexible pricing structure, comprehensive network coverage, as well as its overall ability to support mission-critical applications.”

Aeris was the obvious choice for SimplyHome since Aeris outperformed traditional carriers when it came to delivering data for its mission-critical application. Aeris’ focus on providing the most reliable connection, even in rural areas, continues to separate it from the competition wherever the reliable transmission of mission-critical data is a requirement.

Since Aeris completely owns and operates its network, Aeris can easily adapt and support its customers’ unique requirements. This enables it to be more innovative and entrepreneurial in its commercial use of M2M technology. For SimplyHome, Aeris created a customized low-cost structure to enable its unique business model.

“We are excited to partner with SimplyHome to deliver this innovative solution that makes home health care more affordable and improves the quality of life,” said Mark Cratsenburg, VP of Sales and Marketing at Aeris Communications. “Since Aeris’ network is made for machines, we are pleased to be the only carrier that could deliver the reliability required to enable this solution.”

Senator Vance visits UCP Central PA’s Program Highlighting the Use of Technology

We are thrilled to have one of our Partner Programs highlighted in this month’s Vance Report. We hope you enjoy seeing the final product as much as we did: the segment of the Vance Report related to Pathways Academy and SimplyHome products.

HARRISBURG – The May edition of the Vance Report will spotlight the Pathways Academy in Monroe Township, said host Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York).

This pilot program, which began in March, provides an intensive nine to 18 month residential training program for those with intellectual disabilities. The program is an outgrowth of an adult day program, which teaches communication and social skills, functional math and reading skills, home and personal living skills, and employment skills.

“Everyone desires the opportunity to live as independently as possible, and Pathways Academy will provide the tools and knowledge necessary for those with intellectual disabilities to succeed,” Vance said. “The home uses technology to gradually reduce needed oversight by alerting providers if someone fails to take their medication, elopes or forgets to turn off appliances. These technologies then can be utilized once a consumer graduates and begins to live on his own.”

Vance’s show can be viewed through Local Video on Demand (Get Local) on Comcast Cable. It also airs at a variety of times on WHBG-TV 20.

Vance’s district includes all of Cumberland County and Carroll, Fairview, Franklin, Monaghan, Warrington and Washington townships and Dillsburg, Franklintown and Wellsville boroughs in York County.

The Use of Sensors to Keep Elders Safe at Home

Jason Ray, co-founder of SimplyHome, discusses the use of sensors to keep elders safe at home with New Wave Health Care. Watch his interview here.

New Wave Health Care Interview


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