It was great to meet many of you at RESNA this year.
We have learned a lot by working with many ATPs, RETs, DSPs, Voc Rehab Counsellors, and SLPs over the years in our evidence-based research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Independent Living, Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and the USDA (the part that cares about improving the lives of people in rural settings).
Our products and systems (described below) are the result of this research, so thank you for playing a huge role in this!
BEAM helps the many people involved in taking care of an individual by helping coordinate resources and then aid in communicating within this team.
A simple dashboard provides a quick summary of an individual’s status, and highlights the items still needing to be addressed.
BEAM is a web-based tool that can be used by any device that runs a web browser, and can be used in group homes, assisted living or independent living centers, homes, or in vocational settings.
BEAM uses a freemium model, where many useful features are provided free, and additional features are provided for a modest fee.
MeMinder is a talking pictures to-do list that helps people with memory and sequencing challenges. Each step in the sequence of reminders can be static images with audio instruction, or full video.
The MeMinder app runs on Android phones and tablets to coordinate caregiving and provide task management. The MeMinder app works with CreateAbility’s BEAM Cloud to help people with the right permissions to monitor what tasks were completed and the ability to modify the tasks and schedules. These changes are then automatically updated on the MeMinder app.
Intro to MeMinder –
Affectus is a system that helps consumers with an Intellectual Disability, who also have behavioral or mental health issues. The system automatically detects yelling, the slamming of doors, the pounding on walls, as well as a self report button being pressed. This triggers prompting the individual to rate their emotion level, and then guides the consumer through the Skills System coping mechanisms. The result is that the individual returns to a calmer state, more quickly.
Intro to Affectus video:
The Independence Family – Keeping your loved one safe and secure, wherever they call home.
The Independence family of products is the results of years of CreateAbility’s award winning, evidence-based research and development. The Independence family is much more than a remote monitoring system, as it provides interactive queing. Small, non-intrusive sensors are used to detect or verify that specific activities of daily living (ADL) are taking place. A small module in the home collects information, makes decisions on the activities detected, communicates with cloud, and communicates with the individual via their TV and/or small tablets that double as small digital photo frames of the family. Each product within the Independence family is configured specifically for the population served:
- Independence Builder
- People with a developmental disability who wish to live more independently
- Independence Keeper
- Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s who wish to maintain their independence
- People who wish to return to independence after an acquired brain injury, or who have survived a traumatic brain injury
Each product begins with a phone interview to access the needs and goals of the individual and their support network.
Independence Builder for people with intellectual developmental disabilities:
Independence Builder helps individuals with intellectual disabilities or people with developmental delays, such as: Autism, Fragile X, or Down syndrome to live as independently as possible. The system provides natural supports by validating certain tasks and activities have taken place by a specific time. The system provides respectful prompts and reminders if these tasks or activities were not performed. Examples in the video include medication, safe kitchen activity, and other typical activities of daily living.
Product video with testimonial:
Independence Keeper for seniors with dementia:
Helping seniors with dementia stay independent with minimal intrusion, while assuring that they are safe is the goal of the “Independence Keeper” system. A small Base Station in the home collects information from a wireless network of small sensors. Respectful prompts and reminders are then sent to the senior by way of a small tablet which doubles as a digital picture frame of the grandkids. The system automatically reports data to the cloud, and notifies others when an event has exceeded some trigger, or deviated from a normal baseline.
Product video with testimonial:
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The Back-To-Independence product is for people who have experienced an acquired brain injury, such as a stroke, or people who have survived a traumatic brain injury. This product emphasizes a schedule, reminders and detects specific activities such as medication adherence, movement and detecting events related to safety and well-being.