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.
Check out this amazing video of Jonathon and see how he is moving in a positive direction after his accident. We want to give The Charles Lea Center in Spartanburg, SC a big thank you for putting this video together and for sharing it with us. We are so proud to be a small part of Jonathon’s independence.
Jonathon is a strong-willed person who longs for his independence. Paralyzed not long after graduating from high school, Jonathon promised the doctors and nurses he would accomplish two goals: He would walk again one day, and he would have his own apartment and live on his own. With the help of SimplyHome technology and the Charles Lea Center, Jonathon is able to stay alone at nights and on weekends in his own apartment. SimplyHome worked to install technology into Jonathon’s apartment that allows him to open and close his front door, control his thermostat, lights, fans, and television through an app installed on an iPad.
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
- pilot program overview and data analysis
SimplyHome leads the industry with FDA approved telehealth devices (used to monitor blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen levels, glucose and weight) that guarantee patient data is securely transmitted to ensure proper treatment.
SimplyHome is now introducing an FDA approved telehealth product suite in preparation for an FDA rule that will be finalized this October. The rule states that IT companies will be required to register health care hardware and software that transfers, stores, converts or displays health care data.
Some devices that have not been FDA approved, but are being used to transfer patient data, present a potential risk to patients if they do not work as intended. For example, if the wrong reading is transferred to a website for a doctor to view, the doctor could potentially prescribe the wrong medication or dosage to the patient. There are several telehealth options available right now on the market but not all of them are FDA approved.
“The FDA approval represents a level of scrutiny so a customer can be confident that they are using a product of the highest quality possible,” says Jason Ray, SimplyHome VP of Business Development.
SimplyHome uses the term “telehealth” when referring to tools they offer used to remotely monitor blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen levels, glucose and weight. Each reading is taken and then wirelessly transmitted using bluetooth to a base station that collects the data and then sends each reading to a confidential and personalized website. Then, after customizing an individual’s profile, family, medical personnel, and caregivers can receive instant notifications if health parameters are in a range of concern.
The benefits of telehealth technology are:
- Promote preventative care
- Support overall wellness
- Cut down on hospital readmissions
Each device used to test blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen levels, glucose and weight must be individually approved by the FDA. Not only that, but all of those readings need to be transported to a central device so those readings can be logged to view trending activity, pin-point potential problems and set up alert rules and that device must be FDA approved as well. Some companies have built their own portal or base station to collect this data, but have not gone through the FDA approval process yet.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal governmental agency charged with protecting the health and welfare of the American public through the regulation of food, drugs and medical devices. When a product is FDA approved, it means that EVERY aspect or component of the device, including any claim found on the device, has been scientifically proven to be valid, safe and effective. It also includes a thorough FDA inspection of the laboratory and facilities, in addition to intense review of the validity of the computer system’s hardware and software. It is against the law for any product or service to claim it is FDA approved when it is not.
When equipment or software is intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of a disease or other condition, the FDA considers the equipment or software to be a medical device. The FDA also regulates the software used in telehealth systems.
“We feel a responsibility as a company to make sure we are providing solutions that meet FDA requirements so customers can rest assure that their purchases will meet regulatory requirement long before they are being enforced, ” says Jason Ray, SimplyHome VP of Business Development.
“With Gov. Pat McCrory’s declaration of June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month in North Carolina and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, it is important to raise awareness within the local community in order to make an impact not only in the state but also the nation.
“While people may recognize signs of physical abuse, it is often mental and financial abuse that occurs and goes undetected,” says Amy Natt, a certified geriatric care manager and owner of Aging Outreach Services, a full-service elder care firm with offices in Southern Pines and Cary.
The latest U. S. Census statistics show approximately 14 million U.S. adults age 65 and older and 19 million U.S adults aged 18 to 64 have a disability, which increases their susceptibility to abuse. Elder abuse and neglect occurs when a family member, caregiver or individual trusted by the elder, intentionally creates risk or does harm to that elder.
With the more than 10,000 baby boomers turning age 65 everyday, this group is the largest growing segment of the population making the need to combat elder abuse and raise awareness even greater. By 2050, U.S. Census data predicts there will be more than 19 million age 85 or older.
With a growing population of elders, it is often impossible to have exact numbers of elder abuse reports because many go unreported; however, the latest studies have revealed that females elders are more likely to be abused than their male counterparts and that the older the elders are, the more likely they are to be abused. Research has also shown that those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are at a greater risk of being abused. Older adults may not report the abuse because of fear of retaliation or because they are embarrassed, or because they lack the physical or cognitive abilities to do so.
The impact of elder abuse impacts not only the elder with additional medical costs or personal financial losses but also increased expenditures by county, state and federal entitlement programs.
“An alarming number of scams now target older adults with false claims and promises, hoping to tap their financial resources,” says Natt. “Sadly, we have seen many cases of abuse that occur within a family. A lack of resources, caregiver stress and fractured relationships can contribute to this as well as a history of past abuse.”
With raised awareness through education and initiatives like Elder Abuse Awareness Month, elders can be safer in their communities. “Abuse occurs in many forms, and as a society, we need to have an awareness and become advocates for our elder population,” says Natt. “After all, we are all aging and someday, it may be you who needs a voice.”" For more information visit Aging Outreach Services
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.”
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Jake is a cheerful and curious child who enjoys exploring his environment. His mother, Dreama, called us with concerns because he was running from his school classroom. Jake does not communicate verbally so Dreama was worried that if he left the campus, he would get lost and not be able to ask for assistance. She called SimplyHome asking about a GPS device that could be attached to Jake and provide tracking to locate him.
Given cellular technology, there is a wide range of GPS products in the market today. Most are sold as pendants or watches, but innovations in equipment have even led to the creation of GPS trackers being embedded in shoes. Just as with any product, GPS equipment varies in price, service, and effectiveness so you may want to consider the following guidelines when researching trackers:
- What kind of cellular service is needed for the device to be tracked? Some units only work if a particular cellular phone service is available.
- What kind of range does the tracker have? There is a misconception that GPS trackers can locate/pinpoint someone directly where they are. Ask about the distance involved in determining the location of the device.
- What kind of services are offered and what fees are associated with them? Does the company just provide tracking or is there a “geofence” option? A geofence is an area around a particular location that if a person leaves that area, a notification can be sent.
- What are the fees associated with the equipment? The cost of the product may not include the cost of tracking and/or notifications.
- How are notifications delivered? Are they automated or is there a call center involved? Are there text, phone call and/or email options?
SimplyHome’s GPS Care Watch
The Care Watch is actually a tiny cellphone combined with an ultra-accurate GPS location system. Users are completely protected wherever GSM cell service exists. Worn as a watch or a pendant, it’s activated with the simple push of a button.
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?
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.
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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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.