Respecting The Traditions of the Elderly

With the holidays quickly approaching, family plans are likely being finalized. Considering the needs of those who are aging is important when determining where, when and with whom to spend the holidays. Thinking about things such as driving in the dark, the lighting inside and outside of a home, and background noise, among other factors are important in weighing where to hold celebrations this year. Often times older family members will  not want people to go to the trouble of accommodating them, but are extraordinarily grateful when the environment is comfortable and compliant to an individual’s needs.

Take a look at recommendations by Madison Park Times for holding celebrations for your aging family members this holiday season. 

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Meet Sarah with The Arc of Haywood County

We were recently contacted by the Arc of NC to collaborate on an article for their newsletter. The following is a bit about an individual who works with the Arc of Haywood County and continues to find success using our technology.

Check out the article below to read more about Sarah, the Arc and how SimplyHome is contributing to independent living.

SimplyHome designs and installs customizable “Smart Home” systems and offers related care for people who are aging and people with disabilities. They are also an approved vendor under the Innovations Waiver.

Let’s meet Sarah: Sarah has been living in her own home for three years. As an individual receiving services from The Arc of Haywood County, Sarah utilizes technology to guide her daily living activities if and only when she needs help. She maintains her independence with supports from a SimplyHome wireless sensor system including a motion sensor and a stove sensor. Sarah enjoys cooking her own dinner when she gets home. Her staff recognize that Sarah is capable of preparing meals with minimal direction, but they want to ensure that stove safety does not become an issue. Currently, the SimplyHome sensor alerts the staff if Sarah has left the stove on too long or if she turns on the stove during night hours.

Living independently also allows Sarah to be active in her church and walk to the library when she wants to. “Sarah loves her privacy and loves the peace and quiet of living alone. We have seen such a big difference in her behavior since she now has the freedom to make her own decisions,” says Polly Hightower, Haywood County Independent Living Coordinator.

Families and individuals can now access SimplyHome’s residential assistive technology to help promote self-determination both in the home and out in the community. Learn more about SimplyHome’s technology by visiting their website at or call them toll free at 877-684-3581.

This article was featured in The Arc of North Carolina’s monthly newsletter.
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Aging in Place During the Holidays and Beyond

As the baby boomers age and their children become more aware of mobility and independence hindrances, it is vital for them to remember that aging in place is an option. Though traditions may shift, the ability for still celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas at Grandma’s is still there. Stephanie Borden talks more about aging in place and celebrating with loved ones during the holidays. Borden also discusses what happens after the holidays are over and how to continue to live at home.

Through minor home alterations and the addition of assistive technology, aging in place is feasible and affordable. Learning and understanding what is necessary in order to age at home is important, and resources such as the article below, SimplyHome’s toolbox to Age in Place, as well as, other articles and materials on our blog and other websites is a great place to start.

You can stay home for the holidays and beyond

Written by: Stephanie Borden

Innovators and educators in the aging-in-place field have saved countless retirees from having to sell their homes.

Our most treasured family holidays are only a page or two away on the calendar. For most of us, that means the whole family comes together in our homes to share memorable traditions.

Sadly, the stress has already begun for many aging seniors who wonder if this will be the last holidays in their cherished homes when illness, injuries, or disabilities threaten their ability to continue living safely and independently at home.

I hear a 77-year-old wife telling her husband, “Let our son carve the turkey this year, so he doesn’t notice how you tremble.” Another couple plans to have all the family gifts wrapped at retail stores, because it’s just too painful now with their arthritis. A woman who tripped over her terrier, breaking her hip, says she will board the dog while her adult children visit, so they don’t pressure her to “get rid of it and move to assisted living.”

The common thread weaving all three of these stories together is our strong emotional connection to our homes and neighborhoods.

I am happy to report that help is available for most retirees to keep living in the homes they love, thanks to the national Aging-in-Place movement. This is the movement providing support for retirees to continue living safely for as long as possible in their private homes, despite challenges in mobility, dexterity, balance, hearing, vision, or cognition.

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