Fellow Technology Leader Therap features SimplyHome and CLC in New Video

SimplyHome is delighted to be featured in Therap’s newest video, which highlights the role of assistive technology in providing state-of-the-art, affordable, and person-centered care.

The Charles Lea Center in Spartanburg, SC has pioneered the implementation of technology in their organization, one of the first in South Carolina, both through Therap (a provider of electronic record keeping) and through SimplyHome’s assistive technology systems, in order to support CLC’s residents, care staff, and administration.

Charles Lea Staff Member Shanena R.The video highlights the role of technology by interviewing Charles Lea staff and South Carolina policymakers. Here are two of our favorite quotes from the interviews:

“Technology gives individuals both the freedom they are capable of, and the support they need.”

 

“The technology allowed staff to spend more quality time with individuals.”

 

What else are our partners saying about using SimplyHome technology? Watch the video to find out! For the full video, featuring the Charles Lea Center, SimplyHome, and Therap technology, click here.

 

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ANCOR Pushes for Change

ANCOR Urges Changes

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ANCOR Urges Providers and Legislators to Adapt Care and Funding Models to Include Technology

 

At this year’s Technology Summit & Showcase, ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources) issued a stirring declaration of the need for change in service and funding models in a press release, “Bringing Long-Term Supports & Services into the 21st Century.  [Read the PDF version of the ANCOR Statement here.]

 

ANCOR’s statement marks a pivotal moment for providers seeking to keep up with changing resources and for states that face long waiting lists.

 

SimplyHome’s Jason Ray explains why this is such a big moment for ANCOR: “ANCOR is not merely saying that incorporating technology is important — they’re saying it is a requirement for providers to remain sustainable in the future and to meet the requirements of the HCBS final rule and the Olmstead Act. And ANCOR is also saying that technology must be included as a form of support just like staff support — while many still see technology and staff support as being mutually exclusive.”

 

Perhaps the most striking part of ANCOR’s statement was the assertion that current service models actually deter innovation and hinder providers from meeting the expectations of Olmstead and the Final Rule:

 

The methods, standards, funding, and accountability of today’s service system for people with disabilities and seniors were established when the only tool available to supervise and support individuals was the physical presence of a caregiver [...]

These outdated tools and way of thinking deter innovation, self-determination, quality outcomes and the most effective use of resources.

Employing technology to support individuals and their families can not only be resource-efficient, but, it can offer a powerful tool to enable community integration and person-centered supports by extending the reach of support persons.

 

While previous service models that do not incorporate technology as a form of support are certainly understandable, they are no longer sufficient. Providers can no longer ignore the great potential of technology in caring for their clients. The CMS final rule defines outcome-oriented services not by the safety of the individual, but by the nature and quality of the individual’s experiences (including, but not limited to, the individual’s safety).

 

Many barriers — primarily, regulatory and payment methodologies — can limit an individual’s access to technological resources. CMS must identify and remove these barriers in order to provide for greater independence, privacy, and community integration of individuals with disabilities.

 

SimplyHome at Work to Transform Models of Care

 

At SimplyHome, we focus on these questions: What goals does the individual have for himself or herself? How can technology increase or improve this person’s independence? How can we enable this person to navigate daily life with greater dignity, to take reasonable risks with appropriate safety nets of support, and to learn life skills that will empower the independence desired by the individual?

 

Supported by technology, many individuals can move into more independent living settings.

Supported by technology, many individuals can move into more independent living settings.
(Watch Laura and Vicki’s story here.)

 

SimplyHome’s custom solutions seek to empower individuals to meet their own goals, whether that means cooking independently, living in their own homes, being responsible for their own daily medications and activities, or transitioning to a more independent residential setting.

 

As ANCOR asserts in the position paper, “If supports are to be truly person-centered, individuals should, with the assistance of their selected circle of support, make decisions on critical quality of life matters and how to best achieve them including through the use of technology.”

 

What Does This Mean for Providers?

 

The incorporation of technology not only enables care that is more person-centered, but can provide cost-effective alternatives to care based on 24/7 staffing.

 

Providers who have worked with SimplyHome technology have been able to widen the scope and depth of their services to many more individuals, and empower their staff to attend to the most urgent care needs. Individuals who need less in-person care and who are capable of learning independent living skills are empowered to work towards their own goals.

 

Providers do face hurdles as they explore new models of care. Many existing care models are tied to existing assets already owned by the providers, and the individuals providing services are comfortable with how these supports are currently delivered. Supports are also built around “doing for” the individual and minimizing risk to the organization. This usually results in too much oversight and way too little opportunity for the individual with disabilities. This requires providers to shift their culture away from “doing for” to training, supporting, and engaging with individuals to enable them to have the dignity of risk in a new way of living.

 

Individuals supported by technology can set goals for their daily routines -- and meet them using that technology. (Watch Sophia's story here.)

Individuals supported by technology can set goals for their daily routines — and meet them using that technology.
(Watch Sophia’s story here.)

 

What Does This Mean for States?

 

By opening new avenues for services to be provided, and by making such services more cost-effective, the states can begin to impact their current waiting list populations without increasing the funds required to provide such supports.

 

Many states (including PA and NC, who both released new supported living waivers to include the use of technology) are moving towards the inclusion of technology supports in supported living environments. This will allow individuals to be properly supported without staff or family in-person support when it isn’t necessary, and it will allow for much more cost-effective outcomes.

 

Many states currently have waiting lists for residential supports, so even if you are eligible for services, you may not be able to receive services. For example, there are over 10,000 people on the NC waiting list, over 9,000 in SC, and over 13,000 in PA. In New Mexico, the waiting list time is 11-12 years once a person becomes eligible and enrolls in services.

 

How Does This Look in Real Life? The Charles Lea Story

 

Since 2008, the Charles Lea Center (CLC) in Spartanburg, SC, has utilized SimplyHome technology to provide support to individuals in settings that range from traditional staff-based care to independent apartments.

 

During a six-year period of gradually incorporating more technology into their support services, CLC was able to start seven new programs, generating enough savings to enable CLC to support six new individuals, without using any additional state dollars.

 

In 2014, CLC created a transition program that helps individuals make the move into their own homes and gain the skills they need to live independently. The unique program offers training and assistance as necessary from a centralized office, and over time the individuals become comfortable enough with our technology that they are ready to move into their own apartments or homes.

 

Today, 93% of the transition program’s residents use SimplyHome technology in their independent living settings, while 37% of all CLC programs use technology to support individuals. By integrating technology into their support services, CLC is able to provide support for their clients for less than $100 per day per individual. Without technology, this cost would be approximately $200 per day.

 

Most telling is how the individuals feel in their technology-supported living settings: in a recent survey, when CLC residents were asked if they felt safe in their homes, 100% said yes. Two individuals who have fully taken advantage of the transition program are Laura and Vicki, who now live in their own apartment together:

Watch Laura & Vicki’s Story: Gaining Independence

 

How Does This Look in Real Life? The Imagine! Story

 

Imagine!, a Colorado non-profit that helps people with developmental disabilities, is also demonstrating how technology can be a tool for independence.

 

“We’re looking at new ways to keep people in the community in a safe and secure setting that also supports independence,” said Greg Wellems, the Chief Operating Officer at Imagine!

 

He continues, “The idea is to use technology in a community-based setting that will allow people to be monitored remotely and will allow their loved ones or caregivers to know when they are home, what area of the apartment or living space they are accessing, remotely lock doors, remotely let people know what facilities they are using, and support them with medication adherence.”

 

One individual who uses technology supports through Imagine! is Sophia Hicks, who uses SimplyHome solutions to promote safety, to live in her own place with a roommate, and to receive verbal prompts about completing her daily routine:

 

Watch Sophia’s Story: Independent and supported

 

 

 

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A High-Tech Way To Age In Place

Home Monitoring Enhances Seniors’ Independence and Caregivers’ Peace of Mind.

story by MARK KOOPMANS

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 77 million boomers reside in the U.S. and by 2030, this demographic will represent an estimated 20 percent of the population. This means each day for the next 19 years, more than 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65. Studies show the vast majority of seniors wish to remain in their homes as they age, and about 85 percent of those “aging in place” will require some sort of in-home care from family, friends or home health services. Fortunately, numerous companies are working to make staying connected with seniors easier with a variety of home monitoring systems.

Several companies are investing signifi- cant research and development funds with the goal of creating affordable technology that will revolutionize how people age in their homes. Much of this new technology involves wireless devices that communicate with a main touch screen monitor. The com- ponents have been specifically designed with seniors in mind, with large text and simple navigation. Installation is in most cases no more complex than setting up a desktop computer. A half-hour training session with the dealer representative is usually sufficient, and maintenance is minimal.

Many of these systems come with health monitoring equipment like a weight scale, pulse oximeter, glucometer and blood pressure cuff. Each accessory is designed to work with the main unit to read and record health data, which can be stored for access by client-approved family and medical pro- fessionals through a web browser, or sent to contacts of the client’s choosing. Some systems also incorporate wireless sensors throughout the home to monitor move- ment, temperature and lighting.

What’s more, these systems often offer entertainment options and photo and video sharing functions, which not only allow families to monitor the health and well- being of their loved ones, but can also enrich their relationships.

SIMPLYHOME SYSTEM

The SimplyHome System is a sophisticated in-home monitoring system to track and manage various items and events within a home.Various discrete technologies from medication access tracking to a stove sensor work together to help notify family members and caregivers of potential issues based on choices and activities within the home. Additionally, every event that happens in the home is tracked on your own secure website. Using the reporting tools in the website, you can quickly identify changing behaviors or trends.

Finally, you can incorporate the EMT Call Center with the system to help respond to any need.The EMTs are available to respond to a missed medication access, an in-home emergency and every need in between. SimplyHome, 877-684-3581, www.simply-home.com.

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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.