Could’ve Should’ve Would’ve: Aging in Place

Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. How many times a week do we say that? Most of the time it is something like “Could’ve packed my suitcase a little better” or maybe “I would’ve done that sooner if I had just known (insert mistake here).” 

Stephanie Borden is trying to use her could’ve, would’ve should’ve moment to help others.  She wished she would’ve known about aging in place before her mom passed. Borden is sure that her mom would have been happier and she would have felt more comfortable about how her mom was aging.

Like most children of aging parents, Stephanie wanted what was best for her mom; she simply did not know all of the options. Along with people similar to Stephanie, SimplyHome is committed to letting people know all of the options they have before they feel stuck into what has always been; nursing homes and skilled living facilities. Aging in place has proven beneficial for thousands of families and aging in place with technology continues to prove fruitful for our clients.

 

Take a look at what Stephanie has to say in her article “Consider aging-in-plcae as one of many choices.”

Consider aging-in-place as one of many choices

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.

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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!

 

Holiday Weekend Reflection

With July 4th being this past weekend, we hope that you were able to fill your weekend with food, fun, and family. Holidays are a great time of catching up with those you have not seen in a while, making dishes just like grandma used to make and making new memories.

Holidays can also be a time of evaluation. It could be evaluating why you have not talked to your long lost aunt in years, or evaluating why your kids have never met some of their cousins. Maybe it is evaluating what the next step is as far as your aging mother and evaluating changes in health of your dear ones that are graying.

For those who may not see aging relatives day in and day out, seeing them on holidays can really be a time to see changes in their health and well being leading into a discussion about what is next for your loved ones.

Characteristics you may notice are the slowing down of mechanical movements, the loss of weight, senses not being as sharp as they once were, among others.

Though these are not things that are demanding of immediate attention, they are things to be aware of. These are characteristics that are flags of slowing down and potential health risks to come. Observing these things may be startling at first, but they are things that you cannot see over the phone or have seen as vividly before.

What are the necessary steps to take for helping your loved one age in place?

-          Speak delicately with your aging relative about what they want to do. Try to speak with them about keeping their independence and empower them to be able to continue being independent. This may be through connecting them with people in their neighborhood or church. This could also be connecting them with some assistive technology to keep them living independently while providing you with peace of mind.

-          Collect local resources including people who could act as a stand in caretaker if you are not there, doctor’s phone numbers, neighbors’ information, where you could get meals for your loved one if necessary.

-          Speak with you siblings and other relatives about what the options look like as far as having your parents or relatives age in place, move in with one of you or begin to look into home care.

-          Continue to monitor the progress of your loved one while you explore options for them. Ensure, though, that their wishes and wants are taken into account. This is their life. Try to enhance it and make it as enjoyable for them as you can.

Keeping your loved one at home and safe is a priority and we are here to help make that a reality. We want to help you help your loved ones as they begin to age and through technology, we want to make that happen. Whether it is controlling their environment, monitoring their habits through sensors or keeping an eye on their medication, SimplyHome is here to help you keep your loved ones at home, living independently and your worried mind at bay.

Drue Ray named Women Entrepreneurs Best in Business Award

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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.

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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.

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.

Jason Ray and SimplyHome featured by TecHomeBuilder

 

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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.

 

Check out the video here!

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’

Written by: MICHELE ALPERIN

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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Special needs trusts: Helping parents provide for kids’ futures

This is good information for our families with disabilities.  Take a look at what CNCB has to say about saving up for yours and your kid’s future.  SimplyHome is here to provide families with disabilities smart options for caring for families with disabilities and other special needs.

Special needs trusts: Helping parents provide for kids’ futures

Written by: Jennifer Woods

Saturday, 31 May 2014 | 2:00 PM ETCNBC.com

Caring for children with special needs can require a lot of financial and logistical planning to ensure they’re experiencing the best quality of life possible.

But what many parents don’t adequately plan for is the possibility that they won’t be around to manage and fund their child’s care. Not having a well-thought-out plan—or having no plan at all—to care for children with special needs once you’re unable to could have a devastating impact on their lifestyle and well-being.

“One of the biggest things for special needs parents, and what I worry about more than anything, is [whether] my son [will] be provided for as well in the future, after I’m gone, as he is now,” said certified financial planner Ken Van Leeuwen, managing director at Van Leeuwen & Co. and father of a teenage son with special needs.

“When you come to the realization that your child has special needs, you need to start planning,” he said, adding, “You want to try as best as you can to keep your child in the same lifestyle. You don’t want them to be just dependent on federal or state programs.”

The government offers medical and financial assistance to people with special needs through programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income to offset the high costs of care. Unfortunately, these programs, at best, support a person at the poverty line.

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