Our remote support technology creates opportunities for individuals to live self-determined lives by sensing and prompting the activities of daily living. Caregivers receive real-time alerts only if a concern arises or assistance is needed.
Who do we consider?
Individuals who live in supported living settings, on their own, or in 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, such as physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, or TBI
What will we achieve?
- Opportunities for independence and self-determination
- Enabling people to live a life of their choosing, where and with whom they choose
- Enhanced safety features that promote peace of mind for the family and individual
- Proactive rather than reactive staff responses
- Eliminate unnecessary on-site staffing for “just in case” situations
- Demonstrate effectiveness of technology through reporting of data and trends
What technology do we use?
- A SimplyHome System, including components such as:
- Door sensors on external doors (to monitor entrance and exit)
- Motion sensors in living space (to look for inactivity or falls)
- A panic or paging pendant (to call for help)
- A medication dispenser (for medication adherence)
What rules can alert staff, family members or the individuals themselves?
- When paging pendant is activated to call for help
- When medication dispenser door is/is not accessed in a timely manner
- If a person has/has not left the home during a certain period of time
- If a caregiver or staff person has entered the home during a certain period of time (for example, after a paging pendant has been activated to call for help)
- If no motion has been sensed in the home for a certain period of time
Stephanie is a young woman with autism whose mother lives on the other side of town. Stephanie desired to live alone because having roommates created stress and negative behavioral outcomes. Her mother knew that Stephanie could live independently but wanted to be able to know if Stephanie had not gotten up for work in the morning or was leaving the house late at night.
To support Stephanie's independence while alleviating her mother's concerns, we set up a remote support system that included door and motion sensors to monitor Stephanie's movement in her home and her entry/exit. If she doesn’t trigger the sensors by a certain time in the morning, her mother calls her to make sure she is up and ready for work. The door sensor allows Stephanie's mother to know when Stephanie is coming home from swimming at night, as well as if she is trying to leave during late evening hours.