Behind the Scenes on a SimplyHome Install

 
A SimplyHome technician installs a door sensor.

A SimplyHome technician installs a door sensor.

Setting the Stage: Pre-Install Checklist

Today we are going behind the scenes to see what a SimplyHome installation is really like!

Once you complete SimplyHome’s assessment process and you have approved your customized system, the SimplyHome team begins to design and build your system.

Before the SimplyHome team member ever arrives to install the system, you will complete the pre-install checklist. This questionnaire asks basic questions like:

  • What is the precise address of the home? Are there any special instructions on how to navigate to the address?

  • Is there electricity onsite?

  • Is Wi-Fi enabled in this location?

  • Who will be the supervising adult during the installation?

  • Will we need a key to access the building?

  • Will there be pets onsite?

  • Will the person receiving support services be at home during the installation process?

 

Technology On-Site!

A  Simply Home technician discusses the installation process with a client’s family member.

A SimplyHome technician discusses the installation process with a client’s family member.

Before we ship your SimplyHome System, we customize it to your goals and concerns. If wandering is a specific concern, we may customize the system to feature a variety of door and window sensors. These sensors allow the system to alert caregivers when someone is exiting the home. If cooking safety is a concern, we may include a stove sensor and customized verbal cues to remind an individual to turn off the stove.

Once your system has been designed, built, and shipped, a SimplyHome-approved installer will come to the client’s residence on the date and time you have discussed with SimplyHome.

 

Putting the Pieces Together

Next, the SimplyHome installer will carefully install each piece of technology in the home and test each one. Every individual is different, but here are some of the creative ways people have used our technology:

  • To find out if someone is sleepwalking at night, using a bed pad and motion sensor.

  • To observe trends on when individuals are using the bathroom, to assess potential problems with incontinence or UTI (which can cause confusion or dementia-like symptoms). To maintain privacy, this information can be gathered by motion sensors and bed pads.

  • To alert someone who is Deaf if the fire alarm goes off, using a bed shaker and flashing lights.

  • To switch on lights automatically when someone gets up in the middle of the night, to reduce the risk of falling.

  • To remind a person to complete their morning and evening routines, including putting on deodorant and brushing their teeth.

  • To remind someone to lock the door and take their keys with them when they are leaving the house for the day.

  • To create more predictable routines for the weekends when there is less staff support.

  • To sense patterns of movement in the home, alerting caregivers if there is a high level of inactivity.

  • To observe food access patterns, allowing caregivers to assess whether additional support is needed during meal preparation routines.

Above all, our goal is to enable people to live independent lives of their own choosing. Many times, working to enable independence for the individual also means alleviating some of the caregivers’ and families’ concerns.

 
The wireless chair pad sits on the recliner. The pad’s sensor will relay information to the  Simply Home base unit and send alerts if there are long periods of inactivity.

The wireless chair pad sits on the recliner. The pad’s sensor will relay information to the SimplyHome base unit and send alerts if there are long periods of inactivity.

This refrigerator has a sensor on it, to help the caregiver know when the individual is accessing food. The goal is to promote independence by addressing under-eating.

This refrigerator has a sensor on it, to help the caregiver know when the individual is accessing food. The goal is to promote independence by addressing under-eating.

This kitchen cabinet has a micro sensor on it, to allow the caregivers to be alerted if the individual, who sometimes forgets to eat, needs support with food access.

This kitchen cabinet has a micro sensor on it, to allow the caregivers to be alerted if the individual, who sometimes forgets to eat, needs support with food access.

 

Making Greater Independence Possible

Every day at SimplyHome, it’s our job to imagine new possibilities with you, our clients. At every stage, from the initial conversation to the assessment process, from the system design and build to the actual installation, we want to empower people to live the lives they have imagined for themselves: safe, independent, meaningful, and connected.

Wondering what’s possible for your loved one or your clients? Let’s talk.