Whether impacted by a genetic disorder, a mental health issue, or a change in routine, an individual's access to food can be an important factor in determining their level of independence. Our remote support technology can offer cues to remind someone to take the time to eat, or can notify caregivers if food is accessed too frequently.
Who can benefit?
Individuals who desire to live independently or in supported settings, who are learning new skills related to cooking, baking, and food preparation
Individuals who are adapting to changes in eating patterns that impact their health
People with disorders, disabilities, or mental health issues that contribute to behaviors of chronic overeating or inappropriate eating (e.g., Prader-Willi syndrome, pica, or KLS)
What results can we expect?
Opportunities for proactive caregiver responses when individuals need assistance
Awareness of eating patterns as integrated into daily routines
Enhanced care management and activities of daily living education
Data trend reports that can be used in coordination with medical/health appointments
What technology can help?
A SimplyHome System, including components such as:
Verbal prompts to cue or affirm appropriate access to food
Door/window sensors on cabinets, refrigerators, and/or freezers
Door/window sensors for doors to rooms where food is stored
Stove sensor (if the stove is being used too frequently or at unusual times)
What types of alerts can be sent?
Here are some sample situations in which staff, family members, and/or the individuals themselves can receive alerts:
When the refrigerator, freezer, or pantry is opened at any times, within a particular time frame, or on select days
When the refrigerator or other food storage is not being accessed
When someone enters/exits a kitchen or other room that stores food
When someone turns on the stove within a certain time frame
Anissa is a teenage girl with Prader-Willi syndrome who will get up in the middle of the night to access food in her home. Anissa has also gotten up at night and walked to the grocery store by herself, without her family realizing that she was gone. Door and motion sensors have been placed in her home so that her mother can be alerted when she enters the kitchen or other food storage areas, or if she tries to leave the home at night.