The Beginner’s Guide to Remaining in Your Home While Aging

That day is coming. The day when our Peter Pan philosophy can carry on no more. Others age but we don’t, right? It is time to face the reality that aging is something happening to us all and we must plan accordingly. Some people associate getting older with retirement communities and loss of independence.  But do we really need to leave our homes? The answer is no. Not if you take time to familiarize yourself with the tools and concepts available to you today.

“Universal design” is a concept quickly becoming embraced among homeowners of varying ages. The idea is to start making simple modifications now to your home, enabling you to remain in your home when your daily lifestyle needs and routines change. The article “Universal Design for Every Age and Stage of Life” states the best time to think about integrating universal design principles and features..is “before a life change or emergency happens.”

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Statements like this make it all the more important to start being proactive with your future home modifications. SimplyHome is taking steps by participating in the Livable Homes Project with AARP and the Universal Design Institute. Richard Duncan, Executive Director of UDI says the concept is more than adding custom features to a home. The changes need to be packed to look good and work well. He took the time to answer our questions about universal design and explain a few things we should know.

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5 Things You Should Know about Universal Design

  1. Where do you start? Before making any changes to your home, the absolute first place to start is with an honest assessment of your home and your needs. Ask yourself, Is this the right home for me to age in? For example, should the need arise, would you be able to move your bedroom from the second floor to the first floor in this particular house?

  2. The Three Main Areas.  The three main areas to focus on in your home are the entrance, bathrooms and kitchen. Making entrance changes are the most simple and the best first move. You can start by adding handrails to the stair cases and improving lighting. A good question to ask yourself with the entrance is, Are the hallways and doorways wide enough to fit equipment through?  After the entrance, some basic bathroom changes could include having  curbless showers, adding a bench for a place to sit and having a handheld showerhead.

  3. Common Misconception. When you think of an added shower handrail to help accessibility, it’s easy to imagine it as an eyesore, a bulky feature completely out of place with the interior of your home. But universal design is more than custom features. It’s the entire package of adding an element that helps your daily needs, but also fits the style of your home. For example, a handrail can also double as a towel rack.

  4. Get the right advice. The first mistake many individuals make when implementing universal design is hiring someone with expertise in one room, rather than understanding the functionality of the house altogether. For example, advice should come from someone with an architectural or interior design background. Someone with home-design experience, who can understand your needs as they will change and envision how your home can grow with you.

  5. There’s Higher Functionality with Technology.  SimplyHome technology is, “A wonderful addition to keeping people safe and  independent in their homes,” says Richard. The higher functionality you have to begin with, the more effective the custom changes. Using SimplyHome technology helps you to avoid limitations with the changes you implement down the road. You want as many options as possible. SimplyHome environmental controls help you to adjust lighting in various locations of your home from a single location – a tablet. SimplyHome door, window and stove sensors, medication management, fall detection, and telehealth services, cover all your needs to remain in your home.

 

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New Product Offerings: Telehealth Suite & Fall Pendant

SimplyHome is pleased to announce that we are expanding our product offerings to now include a Telehealth Suite and a fall detection pendant that is compatible with our Personal Emergency Response Systems.

Telehealth 

SimplyHome’s suite of wellness tools is designed to offer an improved quality of life that encourages independence and compliance. Now, families and caregivers can access reliable health data to assist loved ones to lower the risk of costly rehospitalizations while supporting chronic disease management.

Easy-to-use wireless Bluetooth technology sends each reading to a confidential and personalized website. Data may be monitored by call center staff comprised of highly trained personnel who are able to call and triage medical needs with a customer if the data triggers an alert notification. Call center staff documents each encounter and then begins notifying responders in priority order.

For a full list of features and pricing, please visit our website at http://www.simply-home.com/Products.html.

Hospital Readmissions

By utilizing some of the telehealth tools we offer, we can reduce readmissions and associated costs while elevating patient outcomes— especially during the critical 30-day discharge window.

So what are some things that might cause a readmission?

- Complications like infections

- Inadequate follow up care; poor AND UA-767PBT-Ci_EC1communication between hospitals, providers and patients; limited physician accessibility due to a growing doctor shortage; and patient constraints such as mobility, finances, time and transportation

 Fall Pendant

This device is a Personal Emergency Response Pendant that monitors falls more accurately by reducing the amount of false alarms. The LED light on the device begins to flash slowly when a fall is detected, speeds up as it becomes more sure a fall has been detected and then sends a signal to the PERS. This product ensures keeping your loved one safe and is able to get help to them after a fall occurs.

Why monitor falls?

The Center for Disease Control says that each year 2.5 million elderly people are treated in the emergency department for fall injuries.  Since falling once more than doubles the odds of falling again, it is vital that falls are being monitored in the home.

Our new products address concerns such as falls and chronic disease management. We encourage you to take a proactive approach to enhance independence for years to come. 

Give Technology A Try

With 97% of seniors wanting to reside in their own home for as long as possible, it is crucial that proper steps are taken in order for that to happen. Though this is a desire for almost the entire aging population, less than half of them have done research in order to find ways to make this dream a reality. On account of the lack of research done, it often does not turn out favoring the aging. Often families turn to traditional ways of caring for the aging; that being assisted living or nursing home.

Though the traditional route is not a bad option, it is often not what the person it is affecting the most wanted. It does, however, make sense as to why people would want their aging parents to be in a facility that is assisted living or a nursing home. They take a sigh of relief because they are assured that their loved one is getting the care they need. However, not all people thrive in such an environment. Often, the person does not want to be in a place like that, but would rather prefer to be at home where they are comfortable.

Technology for aging is often overlooked on account of lack of knowledge and the fear of being watched over all the time. Trying something new can be intimidating, but in the case of assistive technology, it almost always proves fruitful.  No matter if the technology is needed for medication monitoring cooking safety such as a stove or oven monitor or if it is a bit more extensive like a system that monitors daily living sequences, there are options that are totally user friendly and provide personalized outcomes.

Knowing that is only step one. Step two is doing some research on what you or your loved one actually needs. Are you afraid of falling and not having the ability to call someone? Are you worried about taking medicine on time? Is wandering of concern? With the help of family and professionals, it is crucial to decide what your priorities look like.

Step three is giving it a try. Technology can be for everyone just so long as everyone is on board with it. Often is it a challenge if not everyone is committed to the technology because then it either goes unused or is misused in which case it is not assistive technology because it loses its assistive aspect.

Be encouraged that this technology is not in an effort to be “Big Brother,” but rather to be an attentive caretaker, even from a distance.

SimplyHome Announces the Launch of Their Newest Product – The SimplyHome System: Empowered by Technology™

systemintheHomeSimplyHome, LLC, a nationwide assistive care technology company,announces the debut of their newest product, the SimplyHome System: Empowered by Technology™. By connecting innovative caregivers and concerned families, the SimplyHome System reduces cost, increases efficiency, improves communication, and most importantly, empowers both care providers and people they serve. The system uses a combination of wireless sensors to log activities of daily living and proactively alert caregivers and loved ones of abnormal activity or changes in behavioral patterns through text, push notification or email. The official announcement is October 10th at the 2014 American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) Technology Summit and Showcase in Broomfield, Colorado. As a part of this launch, SimplyHome will be identifying a number of providers across the country to first implement the system.

“We listened to what our customers wanted and built a system specific to the needs that they have expressed to us. These improvements will be a big leap forward from our current system which was the first product on the market built with the singular purpose of serving the aging and disabled populations,” said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome.

With caregivers expressing a need to interact more easily with their clients, the new SimplyHome System is equipped with a new website and mobile app. The app grants caregivers and providers access to information about clients and family members from anywhere. In addition to the already offered text message and email alerts, the app allows responders to receive push notifications. Staff and responders will also have the ability to acknowledge and take action on an alert through the app. Much like the mobile app, the newly released website will feature enhanced interactivity with alerts and information from their systems.

systembasicThe small, sleek design of the new SimplyHome System provides an unobtrusive and attractive solution that allows providers to reduce operational costs and increase efficiency in their care. “By creating cost effective solutions, agencies are now able to serve more clients and reduce wait periods for those needing care. Our mission has always been to support independent living and empower care providers and the people they serve through innovative technology,” said Ray.

The ANCOR Technology Summit and Showcase will highlight SimplyHome technology and how providers across the nation are using it. The conference will also demonstrate technology that creates greater efficiency and effectiveness in organizations and will promote strategies to advocate for inclusion of technology in state waiver programs.

“ANCOR presents the perfect opportunity for us to launch this product since we are among supporters and users of the technology we provide,” said Ray.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12235539.htm

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.

 

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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.

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Assistive Technology Leader, SimplyHome, Establishes New Niche with Appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

SimplyHome’s Products and Services, From Environmental Controls to Virtual Care Management, Provide Independence and Improved Communication to Aging and Disabled Populations.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) December 28, 2011

Following the recent premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring Brian Keefer and his family,SimplyHome received an overwhelming response from paralyzed and disabled people nationwide. Though each caller’s condition varied, the message remained the same: they had never seen anything like what SimplyHome provided for Brian, or even knew it was a possibility.

SimplyHome has established a new niche in the Assistive Technology industry with an array of products and services that promote residential independence. SimplyHome’s commitment to personalized care, specifically to aging and disabled populations, led the Asheville-based company to design flexible wireless technologies. As a result individuals can make proactive choices regarding daily living activities, environmental control and personal wellness.

“All of our customers receive a personal assessment so that we can customize products that fit their specific needs,” said Jason Ray, VP of Business Development at SimplyHome. “The voice-activated cell phone, lighting, bed controls, TV, drink dispenser, and door openers – everything we provided for Brian – came directly from our assessments with him and his family.”

In addition to the environmental controls that SimplyHome can program in customers’ tablets or computers, the company offers a combination of products and services ranging from home automation and electronic aids to remote monitoring and Virtual Care Management®.

Of special interest to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition viewers was SimplyHome’s new product, the No-Buttons Headset, which offers modern Bluetooth technology while enabling the user to make calls independently. The No-Buttons headset accesses the user’s phone and its built-in voice commands without having to push any buttons; the on/off button is activated when the headset passes over a magnet. These headsets are especially helpful for people who are quadriplegic, have arthritis, ALS, cerebral palsy, or any other physical disability that makes it difficult to push a button.

“At SimplyHome, we are passionate about supporting people living independently, and we have translated that commitment to consumer care into innovative technology,“ said Allen Ray, CEO of SimplyHome.

Ray adds, “We founded this business because we care about people; technology just happened to offer us the solutions we were looking for. Our job is to listen to our customers then create systems that are individualized to their priorities and concerns. We’re about more than technology—we are committed to personalized care.”

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified options 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 Alert 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.

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Katherine Branch
of SimplyHome
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SimplyHome’s Second Appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Scheduled to Air Friday, January 6th

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Save The Date & Set Your DVR!

We are honored to have been asked to appear again on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and to design and install custom technology for Audrey Gibbs and her family for this special show.

In conjunction with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,

  SimplyHome invites you to tune in on

Friday, January 6th

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  for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Friday Night Premiere

STARRING


The Gibbs Family from Iowa

   Ty, Paulie & the EMHE Gang 

and The Staff of SimplyHome

Stay tuned for more about our latest experience with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Last summer, SimplyHome worked with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to create a customized system of voice-activated environmental controls and additional supports for Brian Keefer and his family.
To learn more about SimplyHome  and Brian Keefer, please visit:

http://www.simply-home.com/extreme/

How to Pay for In-Home Care and Technology

In-Home Care and Technology Working Together

Many families do not want to consider sending their loved one to a nursing home.  The alternative is in-home health care which can be very expensive.  Families may not be aware that technology can be used in conjunction with in-home care to reduce costs, but still ensure a loved one is monitored at all times. Technology cannot help with a bath, change bed linens, or cook a pot of soup; but it can alert family members when there has been a possible fall or change in normal activity during a loved one’s “down hours” at night or day.

Cost For Technology

Technology can be purchased and used for less than $10 a day in most cases.  Compared to $10-$30 an hour for 24/7 in-home care, using technology with part time in-home care can cut costs while still allowing a loved one to remain at home safely, but at a more affordable rate.  Like in-home care, technology can be paid for in most states by Medicaid, long term care insurance, private pay, as well as, VA benefits for veterans.  We encourage you to consider how our products and services may address your priorities for independent living.  We welcome any questions you may have.  Please contact us @ 1-828-877-684-3581 or www.simply-home.com.
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can’t buy.

– Izaak Walton

How to Pay for In-Home Care

By Joseph L. Matthews, Caring.com Author

Last updated: May 05, 2011
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What to expect

The cost of in-home care usually ranges between $10 and $30 an hour, depending on the location (urban areas tend to be more expensive), the type of care needed (simple help around the house is less expensive than skilled help with bathing, toileting, and safely getting in and out of bed, for example), and whether the caregiver comes from a licensed home care agency (more expensive) or is an independent home care worker (less expensive).

Here are some of the options you can explore to help pay for in-home care:

Look into public benefit programs

If your loved one has very low income and few assets other than the home he or she lives in, some public benefit programs — including Medicaid, PACE, , and Cash and Counseling — pay a limited amount for care. Explore public benefit programs.

Consider private insurance options

There are at least two options worth looking into: If your loved one has a long-term care insurance policy, it may include coverage for in-home care. He or she might also consider converting a life insurance policy into cash to help pay for in-home care. Explore private insurance options.

Use personal and family assets

Like most families, you’ll probably have to rely on your loved one’s and other family members’ personal assets to pay most in-home care costs. There are several ways personal and family assets can be used help pay for in-home care, including tapping into the equity in your loved one’s home and gathering contributions from those family members who aren’t actively helping with daily care. Explore personal asset options.

Get creative

In addition to public benefits, private insurance, and personal assets, you might want to explore some other avenues to help fund paid in-home care, including assistance from local churches, high schools or colleges, and adult daycare centers. Find supplemental sources of support for in-home care.