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About Imagine!’s SmartHomes


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A simple overview of the who, how, why and what of Imagine!’s SmartHomes project.

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About Imagine!’s SmartHomes

  1. 1. Imagine! SmartHomes Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome, Boulder, CO Charles Family SmartHome, Longmont, CO
  2. 2. About Imagine!’s SmartHomes Imagine!, a private, not-for-profit corporation that has been providing supports for people who have developmental disabilities in order for them to lead fulfilling lives since 1963, has undertaken one of its most ambitious projects ever – the development of two SmartHomes in Boulder County.
  3. 3. About Imagine!’s SmartHomes Imagine!’s SmartHomes incorporate cutting edge residential technologies that enhance the quality of life for clients, augment the effectiveness of staff as caregivers, and provide cost and energy savings for Imagine!.
  4. 4. About Imagine!’s SmartHomes Imagine!’s SmartHomes provide permanent housing for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. As the first such homes in the nation, the SmartHomes are serving as a model for the future of residential care for people with cognitive disabilities.
  5. 5. About Imagine!’s SmartHomes The SmartHomes model has enormous potential to impact local groups of people with related concerns (dementia, autism, chronic mental illness, Alzheimer’s) through partnerships with other agencies.
  6. 6. About Imagine!’s SmartHomes The SmartHomes are serving as laboratories to test and refine technologies that can be used in individual or family homes to allow people with developmental disabilities to remain independent and to help them become contributing members of their communities.
  7. 7. Why Build A SmartHome? <ul><li>Healthcare is becoming increasingly complex as people live longer </li></ul><ul><li>Caregivers need more information </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare is costly </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare IT is critical </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why Use Technology? <ul><li>More efficient, cost effective service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Universal application – works in multiple environments/across disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Greater opportunity to serve individuals with more severe disabilities </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Can A SmartHome Do? <ul><li>Enhance the quality of life of residents, including: </li></ul><ul><li>Developing personal skills </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing communication </li></ul><ul><li>Regulating environmental </li></ul><ul><li>conditions </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Can A SmartHome Do? <ul><li>Augment the effectiveness of caregivers, including: </li></ul><ul><li>Sensing, storing, and </li></ul><ul><li>transmitting health </li></ul><ul><li>information </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing healthcare and </li></ul><ul><li>health/safety trends </li></ul><ul><li>Detecting behavioral clues </li></ul><ul><li>for changes in cognitive or </li></ul><ul><li>physical conditions </li></ul>
  11. 11. What Can A SmartHome Do? <ul><li>Provide cost and energy savings, including: </li></ul><ul><li>Managing staff time </li></ul><ul><li>efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>Using alterative energy </li></ul><ul><li>sources </li></ul><ul><li>Minimizing energy </li></ul><ul><li>consumption </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: search Imagine! SmartHomes </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @ImagineColorado </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube: search ImagineColorado </li></ul>Learn More About Imagine!’s SmartHomes