General Independence

 

SimplyHome's enabling technology helps individuals live independently and create opportunities by detecting and prompting their activities of daily life.

Caregivers can receive real-time remote alerts only when a concern arises, or assistance is required.

Who Can Benefit?

  • Those who are aging or living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias

  • Those who live in a supported living setting, on their own, or in transitional settings

  • Those supported by staff around the clock for "just in case” situations

  • Individuals with various disabilities or conditions, such as physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, or TBI survivors

What Results Can We Expect?

  • Opportunities for independence and self-determination

  • People can live a life of their choosing, where and with whom they choose

  • Enhanced safety features that promote peace of mind for the family and individual

  • Proactive rather than reactive staff responses

  • Eliminate unnecessary on-site staffing for “just in case” situations

  • Data and reporting features that demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology

What Technology Can Help?

A SimplyHome System, including components such as:

  • Door sensors on external doors to monitor entrance and exit

  • Motion sensors in living space to look for inactivity or falls

  • A panic or paging pendant to call for help

A medication dispenser for medication adherence

What Types of Alerts Can Be Set Up?

Here are some sample situations in which staff, family members, and the individuals themselves can receive alerts:

  • When a paging pendant is activated to call for help

  • When the medication dispenser door is/is not accessed promptly.

  • If a person has/has not left home during a specific period

  • If a caregiver or staff person has entered the home during a specified period (for example, after a paging pendant has been activated to call for help)

  • If no motion is detected in the home for a certain period

When setting up a new supportive technology system, we focus on the individual’s priorities and goals for himself or herself first, then seek to address caregiver concerns.

Stephanie’s Story

Stephanie is a young woman with autism who wanted to live alone because having roommates created stress and adverse behavioral outcomes for her. Stephanie had many of the skills necessary to live independently. However, her mother had some concerns about Stephanie not getting up for work in the morning, as well as potentially wandering at night.

To support Stephanie's independence while alleviating her mother's concerns, we set up a remote support system that included door and motion sensors to monitor Stephanie's movement in her home and her entry/exit. If Stephanie doesn’t trigger the sensors by a particular time in the morning, her mother calls her to make sure she is up and ready for work. The door sensor allows Stephanie's mother to know that Stephanie is going to and from work, as well as if she is trying to leave during late evening hours.