Chamber Honors SimplyHome with 2014 Sky High Growth Award

SimplyHome is honored to be a recipient of this year’s Sky High Growth Award. Asheville, North Carolina’s Chamber of Commerce awards the Sky High Growth Awards to the fastest growing small businesses for the year. The award is based on outstanding achievements in areas such as sales growth and employment. This is the third Sky High Growth Award for SimplyHome! Click here to see the full list of all 28 businesses honored. IMG_0678

First Family in North Carolina to Get Technology Funded Through the Innovations Waiver

The Dankner’s Story

We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with a customer who happens to be the first person in the state of North Carolina to receive our assistive technology funded through the Innovations Waiver. Lisa Dankner is the mother of Natalie Dankner who is a 26-year-old women living with autism and using SimplyHome technology to remain as independent as possible.

IMG_0060In our discussion, we talked about the specifics of the system components they are using, the rules that are set and what concerns are being addressed.

“My husband travels, and this system has been a godsend in terms of having more of a normal life,” says Lisa.

The system was installed in the Dankner’s home is January of 2012. They are using a combination of door/window sensors, water sensors, smoke sensors and a pendant to control when the system is on and off to monitor Natalie’s safety when it comes to some of her behaviors.

“It’s our day that is different,” says Lisa.

Some of Natalie’s behaviors that are of concern are leaving the home without anyone knowing, lighting things on fire using the kitchen stove, and flooding the home. Natalie has had a history of clogging the toilets. Lisa says they have spent thousands in repairs already and are now able get a notification before it is too late.

“Sleeping at night was difficult because Natalie gets up at all times of the day and night. With the SimplyHome System, I feel confident, with the settings we have, she wouldn’t be out the door long before we would be woken. It actually allows me to have normal sleep,” says Lisa.

Funding For Technology

Lisa spoke about the challenges she has had with Medicaid and what she has learned during the process. “Hopefully we are leading the way for other people in the state to be able to experience the benefits of using SimplyHome technology,” Lisa said.

IMG_0056After Natalie was approved for the Innovations Waiver, Natalie’s case manager submitted a system recommendation to the state for approval for the assistive technology. The challenge is often giving a vision to funders as to how sensor tools can create improved safety and independence. Lisa has been an amazing advocate for her daughter and did not stop fighting when times got tough.

Natalie is now a productive member of the community – working, volunteering, shopping, going to church and living as every human being should, with dignity and independence.

Natalie is passionate about being an independent young woman. Lisa says her daughter’s autism has been “a life long learning process.” She is committed to finding what solutions give Natalie maximum independence.

All Things Telehealth

We continue to expand our products and services. Because Telehealth is still new and we get so many inquiries about the technology, we thought sharing this tutorial would be beneficial. Please take a minute to listen to our interview with Gabrielle Corey, a SimplyHome Customer Service Representative. She has taken the lead on implementing the technology and training staff and partners on how to use the equipment. She recently spearheaded a pilot program for the Telehealth Suite and has some great data that you will hear her share.

What you can expect in this tutorial:

  • nuts and bolts of the new Telehealth Suite
  • benefits vs limitations of the equipment
  • pricing
  • pilot program overview and data analysis

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

Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

Aeris® 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.”

Read More of this Article on how Aeris Communications and SimplyHome’s Partnership will Improve Quality of Life and Independence for the Elderly and Disabled Living at Home

SimplyHome, LLC Receives the 2012 Stephen E. Sallee Award of Excellence for Assistive Technology

The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program Grand Advisory Council awards SimplyHome, LLC for their significant contribution to the field of Assistive Technology.

The Grant Advisory Council of the NC Assistive Technology Program recognizes individuals, professionals, and organizations that have made significant contributions to the lives of people with disabilities through their efforts in the field of assistive technology.

awardSimplyHome is honored to be acknowledged for our contribution to furthering access to assistive technology devices and services for North Carolina citizens with disabilities.

SimplyHome defined an entirely new market and use for assistive technology. Beginning in 2003, when home automation technologies mostly catered to security needs and making life more comfortable and convenient, Allen Ray realized an opportunity to give greater independence and improved quality of life to individuals with disabilities while passing on the savings to state Medicaid plans and individual families.

“We are humbled to receive this award and inspired to make a difference in as many lives as possible. We especially recognize that this is a team effort, ” says Allen Ray, SimplyHome CEO.

SimplyHome has helped transform Medicaid reimbursement methodologies in several states through their proven high quality care delivered at a fraction of the traditional care delivery methods. SimplyHome’s application of technology, paired with appropriate caregiver supports, has single-handedly enhanced the care and options of people who are aging or have a disability.

“We have worked very hard the past 10 years to use assistive technology to improve the quality of life for persons challenged by aging concerns or disability and to remain fiscally responsible. We are thrilled and privileged to receive this award,” says Drue Ray, SimplyHome Vice President.

The Gift of Love

This time of year brings with it visits to family near and far.  The holidays offer us the opportunity to connect with people we haven’t seen in awhile and also check in on how loved ones are doing.

As family members age, we often see distinct changes in health and living patterns from visit to visit, and we may become concerned with their level of independence.  What indicators might suggest that loved ones need assistance or technology for aging in place?

  • Change in physical appearance—Have they lost or gained a noticeable amount of weight?  Are they taking care of their general appearance such as being dressed neatly or brushing their hair?
  • Changes in routine—Are they engaging in their regular eating, toileting, and bathing activities?  Have they become more sedentary?  Do they avoid certain activities due to pain or disinterest?
  • Changes in social status—Have they become more isolated?  Do they find excuses for avoiding activities outside of the home that used to be meaningful to them?
  • Changes in mood—Do they seem more irritable, withdrawn, sad, or quiet?  Are conversations reduced to simple yes/no responses?  Do they refute everything you say, OR do they agree to everything because it’s easier?
  • Changes in health—Do they have any noticeable memory, ambulation, or speech issues?  Are they refusing medical care, OR are they accessing more medical care than before?  Are they taking too much or too little medication?

photo(4)Granted, not all of these issues indicate that individuals need to move to assisted living   With the number of wellness products and sensor systems in the market today, technology can provide dignified and affordable solutions for aging in place.

  • Medication dispensers can remind individuals when it is time to take medication as well as be linked to a care center that can notify family, if needed
  • Wellness monitoring tools such as blood pressure cuffs, glucose monitors, and pulse oximeters collect health data in confidential online health files and send notifications should an individual’s status exceed the predetermined thresholds
  • Wireless sensor systems utilize door/window contacts, bed pressure pads, and even stove sensors to promote independence with activities of daily living

While conversations around these concerns can be difficult, I often encourage families to have them sooner rather than later.  Being proactive offers individuals the opportunity to have a plan in place without having to make impulsive decisions if a crisis occurs.

Cameron Kempson, M.Ed.

Cameron is the Client Care and Education Specialist with SimplyHome.  She has worked with families in the fields of aging and disabilities for more than 20 years.

Are You Aware of How Assistive Technology Can Help Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease?

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

The Facts on Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2012, 1 in 8 adults over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Another American develops the disease every 68 seconds, and it is estimated that by 2050, up to 16 million will have the Alzheimer’s.

The estimated costs of caring for this population in 2012 will total more than $200 billion.  In addition, more than 15 million family and friends will provide at least 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $210.5 billion.  Clearly, Alzheimer’s disease is not only an emotional stressor for caregivers and families, but a financial one as well.

How Can Assistive Technology Help?

The primary goal for integrating assistive technology into an Alzheimer’s care plan is to offer support to the family members offering care.   Products and services available in the market today can address issues such as wandering, safety, and medication compliance.

At SimplyHome, we work with families and caregivers to develop customized systems of care.  Products range from GPS watches to medication dispensers to our wireless SimplyHome System.  Along with equipment, our services also include:

  • Offering environmental controls to develop independence with home living skills
  • Customizing wireless sensor systems that alert individuals, families or service providers to changes in routines
  • Providing a website that tracks trends in activities of daily living to support skill development, care management and service planning
  • Helping families access other products that address specific safety concerns such as wandering

Assistive technology can be another tool for those who are providing care and monitoring safety.  It can also track changes in physical and behavioral status so that families and health providers can address issues prior to a crisis.  Assistive technology cannot replace the love and support families and caregivers offer.  What it can provide, however, is an affordable solution to concerns that families may have for their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease. Visit our website at www.simply-home.com for more information.

SimplyHome Mentors Young Innovators in the Community

Edison Award Finalist, SimplyHome, teaches children about innovative technology and aging in place.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) November 05, 2012

When Claxton Elementary decided to participate in the FIRST™ Lego™ League Robotics Competition, they called on SimplyHome. The theme for this year’s Lego competition required the students to design a product that would benefit senior adults, and SimplyHome was honored to encourage the young innovators.

Over eight weeks time, SimplyHome staff shared experience, knowledge and resources to guide the children through their critical problem solving process. In the end, the students expressed an awareness of and appreciation for the ways innovative technology can assist senior adults.

“We started this project focused on what we could teach the students, but left energized and excited by what they taught us,” says Allen Ray, SimplyHome CEO.

Last year, SimplyHome received an Edison Award for innovation in technology. As a finalist the company was encouraged to give back to current and future innovators through storytelling, direct teaching and communication.

The SimplyHome System™ by SimplyHome, LLC was awarded an Edison Bronze Medal for “Best New Product.” The distinguished Edison Awards embody the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. The SimplyHome System™ is a winner in the “Lifestyle and Social Impact” category, one of fifteen categories honored by the Edison Awards.

The SimplyHome System™ utilizes multiple sensors to log activities of daily living and proactively notify caregivers and loved ones of changes in behavioral patterns. Text, email or phone alerts can be generated by a single event, an intersection of multiple events or by inactivity. Assigned family or caregivers may log in to their SimplyHome account to view activity and trends in daily living patterns.

Components like motion sensors, door and window contacts, and bed pressure pads address issues including falls, wandering, and sleep routines. The SimplyHome System™ can also monitor wellness priorities ranging from blood pressure and glucose levels, to weight and medication management.

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About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Emergency Response Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.

For more information, visit: http://www.simply-home.com.

Innovative Services, Inc. Recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of Healthcare’s Fastest-Growing Healthcare Companies

My Innovative Services utilizes SimplyHome technology to empower greater independence to individuals living with a disability.

Asheville, NC

SimplyHome would like to congratulate Innovative Services, Inc., our Wisconsin based partner who has been named one of Healthcare’s Hottest Companies. Innovative Services provides supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the use of innovative technology.

Modern Healthcare recognized 40 of the fastest growing companies by growth from 2006 to 2011 in these sectors: hospitals/hospital systems, physician group practices, payers/insurers, and suppliers. It’s growth of over 105% ranks Innovative Services as 32nd on their list.

Innovative Services, Inc. provides flexible, accessible and family-centered supports and services to developmentally disabled and special needs consumers in Wisconsin. As they work to improve the lives of the people they serve, Innovative Services understands the importance of utilizing the funds available for healthcare, inclusive of SimplyHome technology to promote greater independence.

“We believe our understanding the needs of individuals who require the supports we provide, tied to recognizing the limitations to the assets available, is the secret to our successful growth,” says Rick Bahr, Chief Operating Officer of Innovative Services.

Modern Healthcare is the industry’s leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. They report on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through their weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events. Modern Healthcare magazine is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives and deemed a “must-read” by the who’s who in healthcare.

The weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events provide a powerful and all-encompassing industry presence.

Requirements to be eligible for Modern Healthcare’s Fastest Growing Healthcare Companies are:

  • Be headquartered in the U.S.
  • Have at least $20 million in revenue for 2011, and
  • Have been in business for five years or more.

All submitted financial documentation was tabulated and analyzed by Modern Healthcare. A sample of Modern Healthcare’s tabulations were independently assessed by the accounting and management consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche.

About Innovative Services, Inc.

Since its inception in 2004, Innovative Services has been dedicated to providing safe and healthy support services that encourage maximum independence for the people they serve.

That emphasis on individual independence and choice makes Innovative Services the preferred supplier for consumers in Wisconsin. The company now serves more than 850 developmentally disabled children and adults throughout the state.

For more information visit: www.myinnovativeservices.com.

About SimplyHome, LLC

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Emergency Response Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.  SimplyHome is a 2012 Edison Award winner for “Best New Product.”

For more information, visit: www.simply-home.com .