Technology can do so much more than address potential concerns like wandering or falling. Our systems can also provide verbal prompts to individuals, promoting skill development and cuing activities of daily living.
The SimplyHome system can be customized to remind individuals to complete tasks such as brushing one’s teeth, taking medication, washing clothes, or taking a shower at a specific time of day.
Additionally, if a person forgets to complete an important task (such as turning off the stove before leaving home), the system can provide an audible reminder or a text to a person's smartphone, before contacting the caregiver.
Who do we consider?
Individuals who live in supported living, independent living, or transitional settings
Individuals who are supported by staff around the clock for “just in case” situations
Individuals who are living with aging, dementia, or Alzheimer’s
Individuals with various disabilities, disorders, and conditions, including physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, or TBI survivors
What will we achieve?
Opportunities for independence and self-determination
Enabling people to live their lives where and with whom they choose
Ongoing and consistent skill development and teachable moments
Enhanced independence and reduction of onsite staffing for “just in case” situations
Proactive caregiver responses prompted by the sensor-based system, which is able to cue activities of daily life and monitor for lapses in daily routines
What technology do we use?
A SimplyHome System, including components such as:
Customized verbal prompts for daily routines
Door, window, and motion sensors in living spaces
Bed and chair pressure pads (works with prompts to start and end the day)
Stove sensors, motion sensors, verbal cues (to promote safe meal preparation)
What rules can alert staff, family members or the individuals themselves?
When establishing the parameters for a system, we encourage the individual and caregivers to focus on the individual’s priorities for him or herself. We first create prompts that support the goals desired by the individual. We then establish parameters and rules that address caregiver concerns. Once the rules are set, the caregivers can determine if the audible announcement cues should occur before or simultaneously with the alerts and notifications they receive.
If the stove is left on, an individual will receive a prompt to turn it off
If a person does not get out of bed or leave the house by a certain time, that person can receive a prompt to start their day
Daily routines such as hygiene, chores, and meal preparation can be prompted at the same time each day
After completing a 2-year college program to learn how to live independently, David decided he wanted his own apartment. His mother supported this decision but wanted a way for David to be reminded of his routines in case he forgot. We programmed the SimplyHome remote support system with customized messages for David to give him auditory cues. When David leaves the stove on, he is reminded to check his cooking activity. When he prepares to leave in the morning, opening the front door alerts him to get his keys and lock his apartment. If he’s moving slowly in the morning, the system reminds him that it’s getting close to the time he needs to go to work. Watch David's Story.