Charles Lea Center Utilizes Supportive Technology to Support People with Disabilities
With the use of SimplyHome technology, the Charles Lea Center of Spartanburg, SC is able to serve disabled individuals who would otherwise be on an ever-growing waiting list. Enabling technology makes it possible to create more independence, better outcomes, and to increase cost-effectiveness.
As Medicaid provider budgets become increasingly constrained, remote monitoring technology is emerging as a way to control costs and improve service outcomes. Supportive living environments can be managed by technology that detects potential problems such as falls, missed medications, cooking safety, and elopement.
The same support systems that allow staff to attend to individual concerns also enable consumers to live with greater choice and build skills of independent living. As funding sources realize cost savings through effective programs, they are able to serve individuals who would otherwise be on ever-growing waiting lists.
SimplyHome partner, The Charles Lea Center of Spartanburg, SC, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Life Skills Center. An apartment within the training center is outfitted with SimplyHome technology.
“The partnership with SimplyHome has enabled people with disabilities to live as we do, independently,” says Jeff Ballenger, the Charles Lea Center Sr. Director of Residential Supports. The Life Skills Center is a hands-on training facility that prepares adults with special needs for residential and community independence.
“We believe this is just the beginning of a shift in how providers will utilize technology in their service models,” says Allen Ray, SimplyHome CEO. “The Charles Lea Center’s willingness to be the front runner for the use of our technology in a program setting has allowed them to serve more people with the funds that are available.”
The Charles Lea Center already partners with SimplyHome to provide technology in their residential support programs to enable independent living. The SimplyHome System placed in the Life Skills Center is an accurate replica of how technology is currently being utilized in their independent living program.