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Technology COPs – An arresting presentation on how three organizations from around the country are working together to improve services and supports.

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Imagine! SmartHomes guru Greg Wellems presented at the 2014 Alliance Summit on “Technology COPs – An arresting presentation on how three organizations from around the country are working together to …

Imagine! SmartHomes guru Greg Wellems presented at the 2014 Alliance Summit on “Technology COPs – An arresting presentation on how three organizations from around the country are working together to improve services and supports.”

Here is a description of his presentation: COPs, or “Communities of Practice,” are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something, and work together to do it better. The session will highlight how Imagine!, New York-based Living Resources and Connecticut-based Ability Beyond are working together to improve services and supports through technology. The three organizations regularly share information and resources and have worked together to design an assessment that helps organizations identify and prioritize technologies to improve the supports they provide. Attendees will learn about this successful collaboration along with a demonstration of the assessment.

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    Membership therefore implies a commitment to the domain, and therefore a shared competence that distinguishes members from other people
    In pursuing their interest in their domain, members engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and share information. They build relationships that enable them to learn from each other.
  • 2300 people individuals -60 years NFP
  • 1500 Individuals NFP Albany - 40 Year
  • Next step in our innovation – SmartHomes – use technology to improve quality of life and efficiency of services and cost savings – two of them
    First in the nation
    Also a working laboratory
    Unique approach in our industry
  • Workflow – risk and regulatory requirements
  • Workflow – risk and regulatory requirements
  • Workflow – risk and regulatory requirements

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  • 1. June 19, 2014 Greg Wellems Communities of Practice Alliance Summit
  • 2. Communities of Practice “Communities of Practice,” are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something, and work together to do it better.
  • 3. The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 800 private community providers of services to people with disabilities. Combined, ANCOR services over 400,000 individuals with disabilities and work to share policy, solutions and strengthen communities.
  • 4. • Advocacy to CMS and other federal levels for funding and legislative changes that will promote the use of technology to improve service delivery and reduce costs. • Education of members concerning opportunities for use of technologies to reduce costs and improve quality in the areas of service delivery and administration. ANCOR’s Technology Priorities
  • 5. • Environmental Control Pilots – 2 locations • Telehealth Pilot – 2 homes • Fitbit Pilots – 1 current, adding 2 additional locations • Medication Dispensers – Several Supported Independent Living locations • iPads – Throughout the organization, Various uses • Remote supports – 8 current locations (adding more each month)
  • 6. Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome Boulder, CO Charles Family SmartHome Longmont, CO Imagine! SmartHomes
  • 7. Developing Technology as a Core Service • Include Technology in the Strategic Plan • Prioritize Development – Analyze “Pain” Points – Greatest Impact • Assess/Develop Physical Infrastructure • Develop Operational Infrastructure – Dedicated Positions • Recognized Need for Education and Training
  • 8. Communities of Practice Goals of COP • Identify Common Areas of Development • Share Processes Between Organizations • Share Successes/Failures • Identify Technology that is Easy to Adopt • Create Tools for Implementing Technology • Provide Data that Demonstrates Effectiveness
  • 9. Site/Service Based Assessment • Does not Include Individual Assistive Technology • Evaluates Environment • Prioritizes Technology • Recommends Technology • Information for Planning/Budgeting
  • 10. Site/Service Based Assessment Assesses Five Catagories •Environmental/Accessibility •Preventative •Health And Safety •Support Services •Systems
  • 11. Additional Weights Physical Characteristics and Supports •Verbal/Non-Verbal •Range of Motion •Wheelchair/Mobility •DSP Supports •Additional Medical •Additional Health and Safety
  • 12. Questions – Health And Safety • Lifting and Transferring • Biometric Monitoring • Bathing Concerns • Cooking Concerns • Risk of Falling • Elopement Concerns • Emergency Response Needs • Environmental Safety Concerns
  • 13. Questions – Support Services • Nursing Supports • Behavioral Supports • Mental Health Supports • Supervision Needs • Documentation and Monitoring Requirements
  • 14. Questions – Accessibility • Doors and Windows • Environmental Controls • Stairs • Cabinets and Counters • Sinks and Faucets
  • 15. Questions – Preventative • Doors and Windows • Interior Water problems • Temperature • Lighting • Change in Pattern • Notification of Event
  • 16. Create a Process for DSP Involvement http://www.abilitybeyonddisability.org/
  • 17. Future Development • Developing New Apps • Technology Screening • Functional Skills Inventory • Matrix of Recommended Technologies • Site/Service Assessment
  • 18. Greg Wellems - Gwellems@imaginecolorado.org SmartHome - http://Imaginesmarthomes.org FaceBook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Imagine-SmartHomes/86 Twitter http://twitter.com/ImagineColorado