ENabling Technology

 

Enabling technology gives individuals the freedom they are capable of and the support they need.

Using technology in daily life enables self-determination, enhanced opportunities for skill learning, and greater independence.

We partner with the enabling technology specialists at SimplyHome to provide customized technology and education services. With the end goal to empower people to be more independent and connected in their homes and communities.

 
 
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How It Works

For the Individual:

Our technology solutions begin with an assessment process that is:

  • Free

  • Collaborative

  • Person-centered

Working with the client, the client’s family, caregivers, other providers, we focus on learning about the individual’s priorities and goals.

  • What kind of life does the client want to have?

  • What kind of support does this person need to have success in the community?

Next, SimplyHome designs a custom system that supports the client in navigating their concerns and goals. SimplyHome is also able to equip the caregivers, families, and providers with custom education offerings to set the team up for success. Then it’s time to set it in motion.

We coordinate the system installation and provides ongoing tech support if necessary. The client begins to live more independently. We have seen clients transition out of group homes, become able to manage their own medication, be empowered to gain competitive employment, learn new life skills using technology, and reach many other goals.

 

For Providers:

We work with providers to make sure that technology solutions are integrated in your service model in a sustainable, cost-effective way. 

Organizations thrive when they have the right assessment and training tools, and put effective supports in place before installing technology. 

SimplyHome also offers an online learning management system (LMS) to equip and empower everyone who is involved with technology implementation: your staff, families, community partners, and the individuals who are receiving services. 

 

The Outcomes

As a result of this process, we have seen individuals thrive in the community by using technology as a natural support. 

Here are some of the stories that inspire us:

David: graduated from a two-year program and wanted to live on his own. His mom wasn’t so sure about the whole idea.

Watch David live out his vision.

Laura and Vicki: wanted to live on their own, but needed some time to learn new skills.

Watch their story of transitioning to independence.

Anissa: has a condition that creates concerns about wandering or elopement. With enabling technology, her family has more peace of mind, and Anissa can experience more safety at home.

Read Anissa’s story.

Carl: had a longtime dream of living on his own. He just needed one person to believe in it. One month in, he couldn’t be happier.

Watch Part I and Part II of Carl’s story. 


The Technology

Here are a few of the SimplyHome products and services that are available:

 
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SimplyHome System

  • Central hub that communicates with multiple to sneers to observe activities of daily living.

  • Prompts the completion of daily routines and will proactively alert caregivers via text or email if assistance is needed.

  • Sensor’s activity, or inactivity is logged in our secure, password-protected website where caregivers can gain insight about daily living patterns or health related data.


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Environmental Controls

  • Environmental Controls (EC) enables individuals with limited mobility to operate the home environment.

  • From just a tablet, individuals can use touch, voice-activated, or switch controls to manage lights, doors, TVs, the thermostat and more.

  • Opening doors to grater independence, privacy, and safety.


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Medication Dispenser

  • The automated medication dispenser from SimplyHome alerts the individual to take the appropriate medication up to 4 times per day, with optional caregiver alerts if doses are delayed or missed.

  • Individuals can access prescribed medicine independently without the concern of over-medicating or missing doses.

  • Studies show that using a medication dispenser drastically reduces re-hospitalizations, particularly for adults over age 65, because it helps to eliminate incorrect dosages and missed medication.


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The SimplyHome Responder App

  • The Responder App enables providers, families, and caregivers to coordinate client support from any mobile device.

  • Optimize schedules, assign tasks to caregivers, and document visits with time- and location-stamped check-ins.

  • Designed to promote the independence of the individual, this service eliminates unnecessary staff visits for clients seeking greater independence and community integration.


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SimplyHome Education & Consultation Services

  • Education and consultation services that enable providers and organizations to incorporate technology into person-centered services and sustainable business models.

  • Innovate is SimplyHome’s LMS (Learning Management System) and is equipped to educate all participants in a technology transformation: provider administrators, DSP’s, case managers, the individual, and the family.


 

Technology:

Is It Cost-effective?

 
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South Carolina Provider Increases Independence, Decreases State Waiting List

The Charles Lea Center has proven that equipping their clients with the technology to promote independent living skills makes sense — economic sense.

By incorporating SimplyHome technology into a range of residential settings, Charles Lea has been able to start seven new programs and support more people without any additional state funding.

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Independence and Savings for the Future in North Carolina

David Maennle is an accomplished young man with Down syndrome who directly benefits from assistive technology in North Carolina through the NC Innovations Waiver.

David’s chosen lifestyle — living independently in the community with the help of technology — saves the State of North Carolina almost $80,000 per year.

 

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New Model of Care Thrives in Wisconsin

When Wisconsin closed several institutions in the early 2000's, over 150 individuals were left with few options for care.

By implementing SimplyHome technology, the majority of these individuals were able to remain in their own communities, and they continue living independently today.

Meanwhile, the provider’s daily rate decreased from $236/day per individual in 2004 to less than $100/day in 2011.

 

Expanding Savings and Exploring Independence in New York

Approximately 20 providers in New York utilize SimplyHome technology to empower more independence for the people they serve.

At Wildwood Programs, 16 people have been able to live more independently, saving the program $624,000 in support costs.

And at just one location, ADAPT Community Network now utilizes onsite staff only 21 hours/week, rather than 24/7, saving them at least $3,000/month.

 

Concerns Addressed

Technology solutions can be adapted over time to alleviate concerns about cooking safety, medication adherence, memory or dementia-related problems, chronic health conditions, and the risk of wandering or falls.

Caregivers are notified only when they are needed, promoting the highest level of independence possible for the individual.

Here are a few other concerns that the SimplyHome system addresses:

 
General Independence

General Independence

Toileting & Bathing

Toileting & Bathing

Sleep Patterns

Sleep Patterns

Calling For Help

Calling For Help

Fall Risk & Inactivity

Fall Risk & Inactivity

Caregiver Check-In

Caregiver Check-In

Manage Chronic Health Conditions

Manage Chronic Health Conditions

Transition to Community

Transition to Community

Caregiver Respite & Peace of Mind

Caregiver Respite & Peace of Mind

Food Access

Food Access

Environmental Controls

Environmental Controls

Medication Safety & Compliance

Medication Safety & Compliance

Cooking Safety & Independence

Cooking Safety & Independence

Wandering & Elopement

Wandering & Elopement

Cuing More Independence

Cuing More Independence

 

How to Get Started

Ready to explore what our technology can do for you?