What happens when I call SimplyHome?

We welcome any and all inquiries about how technology can be used to promote independence. Our process starts with a comprehensive assessment over the phone or in a home, followed by a detailed system recommendation. All complimentary!!

Who do we consider?

  • Individuals who are being considered or advocating for independent living, supported community settings, or transitional homes.
  • Individuals who have 24/7 staffing for “just in case” situations but do not necessarily need around the clock supervision.
  • Individuals who will be in an apartment setting with a staff apartment onsite.

 What are our goals?

            Our goals are the same as yours. We are looking to create an environment where everyone is comfortable, safe and independent. We will also achieve:

  • Enhanced safety features that promote peace of mind for the family and individual
  • Proactive rather than reactive staff response
  • Reduction of on-site staffing for “just in case” situations such as during night hours
  • Reports of trends in data demonstrating the technology’s effectiveness; can be shared with funders, state agencies, legislators, etc.

 Using the SimplyHome Butler System as the base, your system could also use: 

  • Door sensors on external doors
  • Motion sensors (if trying to determine whether someone is entering vs. exiting)
  • 1 Panic pendant
  • 1 Medication dispenser (if applicable)

When using a SimplyHome System, unique features and rules are set to accommodate the needs and wants of individuals and their families. Those rules can include:

1. When paging pendant is activated to request help

2. When medicine dispenser door is/is not opened

3. If a person has/has not left the home during a certain period of time

4. If a caregiver, staff person or community person has entered the home during a certain period of time (such as after a paging pendant has been pressed or when services are supposed to take place)

 

School Locker 3D Printing Hack

“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” — George Kneller

These New Jersey students were not afraid to get creative. They saw a need of a fellow classmate and knew they could alleviate it. With quite a few prototypes, some time and creativity, they were able to help a younger student with a task that many of us take for granted.

NJ Students Design 3D Printed Handle to Enable a Disabled Classmate to Open Her Locker

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Sometimes physical activities which might seem like simple, everyday tasks are more difficult than they appear for some people. A senior at Newton High School in New Jersey, Justin Hermann, is one of those who take notice of the people around him, and Hermann used 3D printing to lend a hand to a fellow student.

Hermann had noticed that one of his freshman classmates was having a hard time opening her locker, and that gave him an idea.

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He saw that the hallway lockers are designed in such a way that opening them requires a user to pinch the handles and lift them. The freshman in question faced a physical challenge which made that seemingly simple task a real headache.

So under the mentorship of technology teacher Brian Bennington and with the help of junior student Robert Borgognoni, the trio used 3D printers available them in their advanced principal design class to create a plastic handle to modify the student’s locker.

Borgognoni took on the task of designing a plastic cover for the handle inSolidWorks, while Hermann provided the conceptual framework for the project.

“We went through multiple prototypes,”

 Borgognoni told the New Jersey Herald.

Photo by Tracy Klimek/New Jersey Herald - Newton High School students junior Robert Borgognoni, left, and senior Justin Hermann, right, hold prototypes of handles for a locker as they stand if front of 3D printers on Thursday December 18, 2014, in teacher Brian Bennington's Advanced Principal Design class in the school.

The pair took three weeks to design and produce the final product, and the last iteration of the print took nearly a full day to output.

Hermann said working on the project opened his eyes to what 3D printing technology can do when correctly applied.

Newton High School has a pair of MakerBot 3D printers, and according to Bennington, having the machines on-site allows his students to think differently, and that’s led them to explore new ideas on their own initiative rather than waiting for an assignment..

“For a teacher, that’s like a dream,” Bennington said.

The handle is attached to the locker with a bolt that passes through it, and that allows for the device to essentially bypass the latch.

The design has been in use since the beginning of November, and Hermann and Borgognoni say their classmate simply has to slip her hand in the device and pull to open the locker open. When not in use, the locker stays shut via magnets installed to take care of the job.

Bennington adds that 3D printing solutions haven’t been limited to Hermann and Borgognoni’s project. He says the 3D printers have also produced a trumpet mouthpiece for the music department.

The technology has also provided the students with a vision of their futures after school as well.

“This project made me realize that what I want to do is open up my own company for biomedical engineering. What I want to do is mass produce products and inventions to help handicapped people,” says Hermann.

For his part, Borgognoni says he plans to pursue further studies in the engineering field.

What benefits do you see to students who get the chance to work with 3D printers as part of their education? Did you have a 3D printer at your school? Talk about 3D printing in education and your experience with the technology in the Students Hack School Locker with 3D Printing forumthread on 3DPB.com.

 

See the original article here

 

SimplyHome TechTip: Medication Dispenser

 

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This month, SimplyHome’s VP of Business Development, Jason Ray, discusses common questions about the medication dispenser in our Tech Tip. He goes through troubleshooting issues such as:
1-Making sure your alarms are set up properly
2-Tray alignment
3-What to do when the time is not displayed
4-Why won’t my alarm stop beeping?
5-Medications off limits for this device

If you have trouble with something not mentioned in our TechTip, please do not hesitate to call us and let us know!

 

SimplyHome TechTip: Cellular Butler

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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.

SimplyHome Tech Tip – Your Personal Website/Data and Trends

Jason Ray, SimplyHome VP of Product Development, talks about the personal website offered to all of our SimplyHome System customers. He explains what data to look for and how to run reports to view trends in the data.

Please feel free to call us with any questions.
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SimplyHome Tech Tip – Bed Pads

Jason Ray, SimplyHome VP of Product Development, talks about the installation and troubleshooting of a bed pad. He explains who can benefit from a bed pad. Please feel free to call us with any questions about these sensors. www.simply-home.com
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