Stay active and keep family close

The best advice John Haaga, senior official at the National Institute on Aging, has is “Take a lot of long walks and have a lot of daughters and daughters-in-law.”

It is no secret that family and staying active is valuable at any age, but these two things become particularly important as we age. This article lays out facts and figures as far as what it looks like to have a family member in a nursing home. We want to help you prevent those rising costs of nursing homes and assisted living facilities through having technology in your loved one’s home.

Check out what else Jim Landers of the Dallas News has to say about aging in place, living independently and what it looks like to have a loved one who is aging in this economy.

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WASHINGTON — John Haaga, a senior official at the National Institute on Aging, offers a disquieting thought for baby boomers heading into their later years.

“The best advice we can give people for old age is ‘Take a lot of long walks and have a lot of daughters and daughters-in-law.’”

Unless a retiring couple has hundreds of thousands of dollars saved for health care, exercise and family caregivers could be vitally important.

A new report from the Institute on Aging, “65+ in the United States: 2010” (census. gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/demo/p23-212.pdf), estimates a couple retiring in 2010 needed $190,000 for out-of-pocket care. If one of them needs nursing home care, it took $260,000 in savings. This is money required to pay bills that exceed the health coverage of Medicare.

Many Americans heading into old age don’t have that kind of money.

Read the full 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!

 

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.

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.

Look Inside.™ : Heartwarming Video

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Check out this video from Venables Bell about INTEL AND Not Impossible Labs. SimplyHome’s VP, Drue Ray gives us her feedback to a video that down right gives you chills and describes everything that we stand for here at SimplyHome

“ Mick is right, we don’t fix people! We don’t put lives back together after a traumatic injury or accident, undo a genetic or birth defect, we don’t stop the processes of aging or disease but, we do create opportunity. Opportunity for people who have lost or never had independence! Each day, we get to “look inside”. Look inside the lives of those who are afforded the prospect of a more typical life; complete with the dignity of risk inherent in being in community and the reward of being a contributor to their community. “Look inside” men and women who have entrusted their career paths to us and who we equip with the tools they need to change the life experience of people with disabilities. “Look inside” ourselves and know that what we do does have an impact, does make a difference, which this place will be enhanced and these people will be living lives of opportunity!”

SimplyHome is not interested in changing people or fixing people, but we are interested in helping people help themselves through technology. We are not putting lives together, but instead adding a new sense of independence. We are involved in offering new solutions to produce new outcomes. We are involved in forming relationships and walking with you on this journey to transforming your way of life by enhancing your way of life.

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.

Read Full Article Here

Ranking Names Best States For Disability Services

Arizona, Hawaii, New York, South Carolina and Ohio…all are among the top 10 best states for disability services that are also utilizing SimplyHome technology.

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Arizona came in first in a nationwide ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Shutterstock)Arizona came in first in a nationwide ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Shutterstock)

An annual ranking of states offering the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reveals a familiar but evolving landscape.

The analysis of disability services in all 50 states and the District of Columbia being released Thursday by United Cerebral Palsy finds top performers spanning the map. In previous years, the best services were largely clustered in the Northeast and West.

Arizona claimed the number one slot in the ranking for the third year in a row. Also rounding out the 10 best on this year’s list are Michigan, Hawaii, Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio and Missouri.

The analysis factors each state’s approach to promoting independence and productivity, ensuring quality and safety, keeping families together and reaching people in need.

Nationally, almost 317,000 people remain on waiting lists for home and community-based services, according to the report, which is largely based on data from 2012, the most recent year available.

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

SimplyHome chooses Aeris machine-to-machine network to power new assistive living solution to provide customers the medical support needed without sacrificing independence.

Santa Clara, Calif., May 8, 2013Aeris® 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.”

Aeris was the obvious choice for SimplyHome since Aeris outperformed traditional carriers when it came to delivering data for its mission-critical application. Aeris’ focus on providing the most reliable connection, even in rural areas, continues to separate it from the competition wherever the reliable transmission of mission-critical data is a requirement.

Since Aeris completely owns and operates its network, Aeris can easily adapt and support its customers’ unique requirements. This enables it to be more innovative and entrepreneurial in its commercial use of M2M technology. For SimplyHome, Aeris created a customized low-cost structure to enable its unique business model.

“We are excited to partner with SimplyHome to deliver this innovative solution that makes home health care more affordable and improves the quality of life,” said Mark Cratsenburg, VP of Sales and Marketing at Aeris Communications. “Since Aeris’ network is made for machines, we are pleased to be the only carrier that could deliver the reliability required to enable this solution.”