Drue Ray named Women Entrepreneurs Best in Business Award


Drue Ray, Vice President of SimplyHome, is this year’s recipient of the 2014 Women Entrepreneurs Best in Business Award, which was awarded at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. The Chamber of Commerce presents annual leadership awards to individuals and businesses that stand out in the business community.

This award, presented and sponsored by Webb Investment Services, recognizes a woman who demonstrates the transformation of her dream into the reality of a product or service and who exhibits the traits of an entrepreneur.

“My dream was to give people independence. Technology is one tool that allows that to happen. SimplyHome and the hard work of those around me allow me to see that dream become a reality every day,” said Drue.

Being focused and willing to take risks to develop models, Drue has been an advocate for the human rights of those with developmental disabilities and the aging. Her commitment and vision have inspired others and contributed to legislation that has set the standard for the use of assistive technology in community integrated residential services for people with disabilities.

“Drue has always been the dreamer and forward thinker in our family and for our companies. Her vision of care for people with special needs and the elderly has paved the path to where SimplyHome is today,” said Allen Ray, Drue’s husband and CEO of SimplyHome.

Drue, along with husband Allen, son Jason and business partner Rick Bahr, founded SimplyHome in an effort to keep those with developmental disabilities, the aging population and persons with physical disabilities in their own homes and independent for as long as possible. The Rays insist that this be done with the individual’s needs and desires in the forefront while fulfilling the requests of the caregivers as well.

“She is a woman who lives by her passion and her dreams. Ever since she was a little girl, she has been dedicated to people who have developmental disabilities,” said Cameron Kempson, Coordinator of Client Care and Corporate Education at SimplyHome.

Carrying through with the Chamber’s vision, “To be a trusted catalyst in creating an environment where business and the community prosper,” Drue continues to bring people together through her work with SimplyHome, and as a volunteer in the community.



SimplyHome Wins M2M Award

Check out this press release being distributed today! Check it out here!

The 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award was given to SimplyHome’s technology powered by Aeris Communications. The award was given by M2M Evolution Magazine who is committed to being a resource for the rapidly developing technologies that surround M2M technology.

“As a company, we are ecstatic to be partnered with Aeris who continues to provide industry leading technology for SimplyHome and the families we serve,” said Jason Ray, SimplyHome’s VP of Business Development.

SimplyHome is considered M2M because of the communication that occurs when a system passively captures and transmits information about activities taking place in a home, such as a door opening or the medication cabinet being assessed.

“Machine to Machine technology [M2M] is a broad term meaning the connectivity among wired and wireless devices to exchange information,” said Ray.

SimplyHome’s technology communicates with multiple sensors to observe activities of daily living, and proactively alerts 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.

“Receiving the M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award is testament to our technology and industry leadership,” said Raj Kanaya, Chief Marketing Officer at Aeris. “We pride ourselves on our uniquely flexible and reliable network built exclusively for machines, enabling SimplyHome to deliver this innovative solution that makes home health care more affordable and improves the quality of life.”

Aeris is the only cellular carrier built exclusive for machines which is what makes the SimplyHome System unique. A System can now be used independent of Internet connection. This solution not only provides for faster system implementation at a lower cost than most internet service providers, it also provides a much more reliable and stable connection for system communication and alerts.

“In order for us to remain on the forefront of health care M2M, we are proud to partner with Aeris who continues to be innovative and groundbreaking. SimplyHome is staying ahead of the game and Aeris has played a big part in that,” said Ray.

Look Inside.™ : Heartwarming Video



Check out this video from Venables Bell about INTEL AND Not Impossible Labs. SimplyHome’s VP, Drue Ray gives us her feedback to a video that down right gives you chills and describes everything that we stand for here at SimplyHome

“ Mick is right, we don’t fix people! We don’t put lives back together after a traumatic injury or accident, undo a genetic or birth defect, we don’t stop the processes of aging or disease but, we do create opportunity. Opportunity for people who have lost or never had independence! Each day, we get to “look inside”. Look inside the lives of those who are afforded the prospect of a more typical life; complete with the dignity of risk inherent in being in community and the reward of being a contributor to their community. “Look inside” men and women who have entrusted their career paths to us and who we equip with the tools they need to change the life experience of people with disabilities. “Look inside” ourselves and know that what we do does have an impact, does make a difference, which this place will be enhanced and these people will be living lives of opportunity!”

SimplyHome is not interested in changing people or fixing people, but we are interested in helping people help themselves through technology. We are not putting lives together, but instead adding a new sense of independence. We are involved in offering new solutions to produce new outcomes. We are involved in forming relationships and walking with you on this journey to transforming your way of life by enhancing your way of life.

Aging in Place- the dangers and solutions

The risk of staying at home, as also mentioned in this article, can be a risk for many families. The thought of mom or dad being at home alone without anyone coming by regularly to check on them or having around the clock care can be scary, but can also be terribly expensive. Leaving caretakers in a bit of a pickle, the families still need a solution. The SimplyHome systems have proven time and time again to be appropriate solutions to this debate. Giving the caretakers peace of mind and keeping mom and/or dad safe and in place, it truly is the best in both instances. Take a look at what Bob Collins says about the risks of aging in place and then take a look at our website to see some solutions preventing these issues.

Aeris Honored for Exceptional Innovation for Powering SimplyHome Assistive Living Technology

Aeris Communications Receives 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – June 17, 2014Aeris Communications, the Made for Machines™ technology and service provider, announced today that it has received a 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award from M2M Evolution Magazine, the leading publication covering the machine-to-machine market.

Aeris was recognized for powering SimplyHome’s Assistive Living technology that communicates with multiple sensors to observe activities of daily living, and proactively alerts 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.

As a result of this solution, the need for just-in-case staff time is eliminated, saving 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.

“Receiving the M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award is testament to our technology and industry leadership,” said Raj Kanaya, Chief Marketing Officer at Aeris. “We pride ourselves on our uniquely flexible and reliable network built exclusively for machines, enabling SimplyHome to deliver this innovative solution that makes home health care more affordable and improves the quality of life.”

“The solutions selected for the M2M Evolution Product of Year Awards reflect the diverse range of innovation driving the machine to machine market today,” said Carl Ford, CEO of Crossfire Media, a co-publisher of M2M Evolution Magazine. “It is my honor to congratulate Aeris Communications for their innovative work and superior contribution to the rapidly evolving M2M industry.”

“It is my pleasure to recognize SimplyHome’s home care solution powered by Aeris, an innovative solution that earned Aeris the 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “I look forward to seeing more innovation from Aeris in the future.”

This is the second time that Aeris has been honored with the M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award, which was previously given to the company for recognition of the work with Novariant GeoSteer. The winners of the 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award will be published in the third quarter edition of M2M EVOLUTION MAGAZINE and on www.m2mevolution.com.

For more information, please visit www.tmcnet.com.

Jason Ray and SimplyHome featured by TecHomeBuilder






Our very own Jason Ray elaborates on how our system works and the concerns of people prior to using the SimplyHome System and the peace of mind that comes with it after installation. TechHomeBuilder.com discusses the benefits of digital health care products including glucose and blood pressure meters as well as a Personal Emergency Response System. Take a look at what Tec Home Builder had to say about SimplyHome.


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Communities offer support to ‘age in place’

Aging in place is on the rise in many parts of the countries. Ones with children who may live a state or two away are finding it easier to age in place when a community rallies around them. Communities such as the one mentioned in the article below have proven that aging in place has been beneficial especially when their communities play an active role. Regardless of if you have a loved one that is aging or not, we encourage you to support those in your community who are aging through a simple smile, a grocery store run or stopping in just to say “hi!” This Jewish community has gone above and beyond to serve those aging around them. Whether it is big or small, we encourage you to take an active role of those aging in place!


Communities offer support to ‘age in place’


For many Jewish organizations, it has become clear that older adults are happier if they can live independently and “age in place,” in their own homes rather than in nursing homes.

“It has been a longstanding priority of Jewish federations and affiliated agencies to encourage aging in place, the feeling being that when older adults age in place, as distinct from being in an institution, they are able to live healthier and fuller lives,” says William Daroff, senior vice president of public policy and director of the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

It is also more cost-effective to age in place because medical costs skyrocket for seniors who move to nursing homes or other facilities, Daroff explains.

Social isolation is a concern of aging in many living situations, whether an elderly person is living alone or is no longer part of his or her community of choice. One initiative addressing this problem is the Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) program, based on the JDC-ESHEL program, which has been working with the elderly in Israel since 1969.

A group of Jewish federations started NORCs in response to a federal initiative to develop replicable models to deal with the coming increase in the senior population. While neighborhoods and apartment buildings transition from younger families with children to a preponderance of residents in their 70s and 80s, seniors begin to need outside help to stay in their homes.

“The idea behind NORCs is rather than remove them from that building or neighborhood, you bring the services to them,” says Daroff.

Karen Berry-Elbert manages St. Louis NORC, which launched in 2002 in a neighborhood with 4,300 total residents, including 1,300 who were 65 and older. The NORC’s two foundational premises are socialization and health and wellness. Reflecting research that says socializing is one of the keys to good health, all NORC bus trips into the community end with a meal together.

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Consider Aging in Place as One of Many Choices

Stephanie Borden of News-press.com provides an insight into her own life and situation with her mother as far as regrets of not allowing aging in place to be a part of both her and her mother’s life.  Admitting that she did not realize that a few small modifications could be made to her mother’s beloved house, Borden wishes that she had explored more options for her mother in regards to her living situation influencing her longevity.

Aging in place takes planning, but it is feasible for people of almost all income levels. SimplyHome is on the cutting edge as far as home technology involved with aging in place. A SimplyHome system could have been the answer to Borden’s wish of keeping her mother at home for a longer period of time.


Consider Aging in Place as One of Many Choices

Written by Stephanie Borden

Now that I know better, I can help others do better. Still, I wish I had known about aging-in-place 15 years ago when my modest 75-year-old Minnesota mother fainted on her kitchen floor.

When she came to and called 911, she refused to get into the ambulance until she could put on her pantyhose. On the way to the hospital, her heart stopped twice. After she was stabilized in the emergency room 1 thousand miles away, my phone rang. It was her doctor, with this strict advice: “Your mother can never live alone again.”

My sister, brother, and I flew to her with only one option in mind: Find the best assisted-living facility she could afford. Because we didn’t know about aging-in-place, there was no exploration of how we could arrange for in-home health care services and make some minor home modifications that would have allowed her to stay in the cherished home and familiar neighborhood where we grew up.

Mom lived for 28 months in the assisted living facility, located 20 miles from the family home. Even though we tried to do the best thing, it still haunts me that the move resulted in the amputation of the social connections that make life special. She had to give up the cat she pampered with filet mignon every Sunday, her garden club and her prize lilacs, the hair stylist who knew all her grandchildren’s names and the waitresses at the coffee shop who noticed if she failed to appear each morning for the homemade cinnamon rolls.


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The Caregiving Worries of Parents with Special Needs Kids

If you are concerned about your loved one with special needs, you are not alone. Everyday worries are typical, but long-term concerns are sometimes overlooked. When those concerns begin to come to the forefront, they can be overwhelming, but you are not alone. Take a look at the facts and figures Sally Abrahms from AARP has and her advice and snip it’s from people who are having these thoughts.

The Caregiving Worries of Parents with Special Needs Children


Written by: Sally Abrahms    AARP

Most of us think about taking care of our aging parents or spouse, not our kids. But there are more than 11 million Americans currently providing care for a family member between the ages of 18 and 49. Many worry deeply about their loved one’s future should something unexpectedly happen to them or their spouse.

“I worry night and day,” a friend told me. “What happens to my daughter when I’m no longer here?” Her daughter, now 27, has had neurological, physical and cognitive deficits since she was a baby. (My friend also has an older brother with schizophrenia. Fortunately, he is a veteran and receives care and housing through the government. But he is nearby and spends some weekends and all holidays with her.)

The number of Americans caring for younger people will only increase as the first wave of young men and women diagnosed with autism as children come of age. And there are many more behind them. While some are functional, a huge number of them will not be able to live independently and will need significant help. This will have an unquestionable impact on health care and caregivers.

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SimplyHome TechTip: Cellular Butler

SimplyHome Tech Tip


Benefits to the Cellular Butler include the battery backup because it is plugged into your base box and it does not require internet connection. The cellular modem will say Option CloudGate including two antennas. An exterior antenna will be useful for base units that may not be located near a door or window in order to receive optimal service.

To troubleshoot:

1. Check connections inside the box and outside of the box. The Power Cable, when connected properly, will light up the three lights to the right of the Ethernet plug in labeled System Stat, WWAN Stat and WWAN Signal.

2. Check Status lights.

a. System Stat light should always be green. If it is not, restart the unit. If it is still not green, call us.

b. WWAN Stat Light- Whether or not it is connected to the cellular network. If it is not green, restart the system. If still not green, relocate the cellular modem in order to get better reception.

c. WWAN Signal- Tells you whether or not your box has signal. If it is green or orange, it is good to go. If it is red, relocate the cellular modem near a door or window. If it cannot be relocated, an external antenna can be purchased.

3. To restart, open the unit and turn off the unit by the ON/OFF switch in the box. NOT THE RESET BUTTON ON THE CELLULAR MODEM. The reset button should not be set because it will reset the entire system. Once the switch has been turned back on, wait about a minute for the lights to come back on and check the status of the lights. If the lights are still not green, give us a call at 1-877-684-3581.