Posts in Aging in Place
Intro to Enabling Technology: A Webinar for Alaska and Other States

A great introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about enabling technology. Takeaways from this insightful discussion include: real-life testimonials and success stories; shifting your focus onto outcomes, rather than gadgets; important industry terms like “dignity of risk” and “enabling technology”; insight into how technology and staff supports work together; how the SimplyHome process works.

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Top 5 Reasons Voice-First Will Change the Future of Enabling Tech

In the last five years, especially with the arrival of the Amazon Echo in 2014, it has become increasingly obvious that Voice-First technology is going to change enabling technology completely. These speech-enabled interactions, designed for delivery through voice assistant software and voice-activated devices, have already begun to revolutionize care for people who are aging in place or living with disabilities.

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SimplyHome Website Wins 2018 Caregiver Friendly Award

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - July 18, 2018 - PRLog -- SimplyHome, leading provider of innovative and affordable technology solutions for aging and disabled populations, announced today that the SimplyHome website, www.simply-home.com, was named a Today’s Caregiver Magazine Caregiver Friendly® Award winner. The SimplyHome website was honored in the Media category of the Caregiver Friendly awards, which are designed to celebrate products, services, books and media created with caregivers in mind.

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Press Release: SimplyHome Launches Check-in Service and Responder App

PR Newswire, Asheville, NC (July 16, 2018)SimplyHome, LLC, announces the debut of the Check-in Service and Responder App for iOS and Android mobile devices. The latest addition to SimplyHome’s suite of enabling technology, the Check-in Service and Responder App allow provider organizations to verify care and easily manage a client’s circle of support.

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Does My State Have Funding for Enabling Technology? (Updated)

Note: The original version of this post was published in November. But we have some additional resources to share with you, so we thought we'd update it and share it again!

It’s a question we hear often: Does my state cover assistive technology?

It’s not a surprising question: Working through pages and pages of waivers and other documents can make you feel like you are working in the dark.

As we work with providers, clients, families, and loved ones, most want to know if Medicaid funding can be used to implement assistive technology – and specifically, to use that technology to promote independence as a part of a life in the community. This is what we call enabling technology.

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In Alaska, Technology Helps Create Connection and Independence

In the state of Alaska, feeling connected can be a challenge, with neighbors sometimes miles away and reliable internet access often only available via satellite. Alaska is the least densely populated of all U.S. states and the state capital, Juneau, boasts a population of only 32,000.

But one service provider, REACH, has long been on a mission to connect the people they serve – many of whom have intellectual or developmental disabilities – with the services they need and the communities they live in.

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Assistive Technology: A Tool for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

For the Alzheimer’s caregiver, assistive technology can create a stronger safety net for their loved one, allowing the caregiver to receive alerts when additional support is needed. These alerts can be sent to multiple family members, enabling families to distribute caregiving responsibilities and take better care of themselves and their loved ones.

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