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 do we consider?
- 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 will we achieve?
- 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 do we use?
- 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 rules can alert staff, family members or the individuals themselves?
- 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.