SimpleC Therapy is Changing Lives for the Better at Presbyterian Village

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Atlanta based SimpleC provides the key to better lives for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease at Presbyterian Village of Presbyterian Homes of Georgia

For the residents, their families, and our caregivers, the benefits of the SimpleC Companion have been truly priceless.

Communication is as fundamental to quality of life as nutrition, hygiene, and medical care, but for many seniors, Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related dementia have limited or even eliminated that ability.

However, at the Austell-based Presbyterian Village of Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, residents have now been given a new, cutting-edge key to unlock communication once again: the SimpleC Companion touch-screen memory tool.

“The SimpleC Companion has allowed our residents to be able to talk, and it’s given them something to talk about,” said Gwen Hardy, corporate director of human relations for Presbyterian Homes of Georgia.

“We have a resident in her 80s who had not spoken in four months,” said Hardy. “Her sister had passed away years ago at the age of 15, but when this resident saw pictures of her sister on the SimpleC Companion, she immediately began speaking again and sharing memories of her childhood. Many families—too numerous to count—have said they have been able to have meaningful conversations with their parents or spouses again, because of SimpleC.”

Residents also enjoy enhanced communication and socialization with one another through the SimpleC Companion, which is used for music, dance, and other group therapies.
Prior to opening in 2005, the Presbyterian Village leadership team toured the country, seeking best practices to implement in their new facility. As soon as the SimpleC Companion, began development and testing in 2009, it was introduced to 14 residents. The device quickly became what Hardy describes as “the catalyst that brought everything full circle.”

“We saw such positive results that we decided it was definitely a product we wanted,” said Hardy. “As soon as it was finished with testing, we introduced it to every resident in the facility.

“It’s been a fantastic journey for our residents,” said Hardy. “For the residents, their families, and our caregivers, the benefits of the SimpleC Companion have been truly priceless.”

The SimpleC Companion is an intuitive touch-screen that promotes memory recall, engagement, and better communication for seniors. During key times throughout the day, the unit is activated and delivers scheduling help, such as activities and mealtimes, and also behavioral interventions for under stimulation, sundowning and aggression - all without the use of medications. Users receive rich visual cues such as their own family photographs, and hear meaningful audio such as preferred pieces of music and personalized messages recorded by family members or a favorite caregiver, to stimulate positive memories and foster healthy daily routines. With The Companion, SimpleC has created a solution that improves the quality of life for those living with Dementia and Alzheimer's, while also focusing on caregivers and providers, and the ways they can save time and money.
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