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Innovative Resources for Independence

Happy Holidays from Gilbert Louis, Executive Director

The holiday season is here and I am pleased to reflect on my short tenure at Innovative Resources for Independence (IRI). First, I want to take the time to thank each and every one of you for the opportunity to support you as we share this journey of positive interdependence. As we support you, we are reminded that you do the same for us. We hope we have been gentle, helpful, instructive and always respectful.

Second, I am humble for the opportunity to work alongside the Direct Support Professionals (DSP) at IRI who care so much, give so much and so consistently. I have plenty to be thankful for and counting you as colleagues is certainly one of the most precious experiences of my life.

Third, I thank the IRI Board of Directors for the trust they have placed in our executive team. Your commitment to ensure that the people we support are helped to access the best possible life - as they define it - remains the light that leads us on the right path; one that is person-centered, evidence based, and reasonable. We could not have done it without your committment and dedication.

Finally, I am so pleased to work with our executive team of Elizabeth, Noelia, James, Lina, Todd, Susan, and Ana. I recognize the work is never done, the days are long, the sacrifices are heavy, and the rewards are not always self-evident; but you should know that I realize that I am lucky to count on your expertise, counsel, and your honesty. Thank you for making me a better person.

Happy Holidays!


On The Leading Edge of Technology

Proloquo 2

What is it? A fully customizable communication application that interfaces with smart phones and tablets. The app is programmed with picture/icon representations of words and common phrases that the user can string together to communicate a thought.

How does it help? This is an indispensable communication aid for non-verbal individuals

On The Leading Edge of Technology

Telehealth Services

How does it work? Individuals can have their vital signs taken right in their homes. The information is digitally recorded providing personalized biometrics that help detect medical conditions earlier based on trended data. This service also provides virtual intervention between nurses and individuals using a smart tablet.

How does it help? Medical staff is more knowledgeable about patients’ care in between visits. These services also greatly reduce hospitalizations therefore also reducing the number of disruptions for individuals in their homes.

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Pulseox Monitor

How does it work? Remotely monitors oxygen levels of individuals with respiratory issues. Allows nurse to monitor the oxygen level remotely.

How does it help? Helps to remotely monitor blood oxygen levels and send an alert to the nurse if levels are imbalanced.

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GPS Watch

How does it work? Individuals can travel safely and unsupervised. Individuals simply wear the watch that communicates to an app used by IRI staff.

How does it help? This technology prevents individuals from getting lost. Staff can also see where individuals are without having to be there in person.

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Home Sensor Technology

How does it work? A suite of interactive sensors is outfitted on kitchen appliances and above doors. If an individual, living in their own apartment, turns the stove on, then exits the kitchen, IRI will get an alert. If the individual leaves the house at an unusual time, we will also be alerted.

How does it help? This provides un-invasive oversight. Individuals can live independently with confidence. It also reduces the need for in-person staffing.

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Medication Wheel

How does it work? This simple device alerts individuals when a medication dose is due, then opens to dispense medication. If the medication is not taken or the wheel is not closed properly, IRI will be alerted.

How does it help? For those individuals living in apartments or homes, they can now take medication without staff intervention.

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Samsung Galaxy Tablets

How does it work? There are many existing applications, and new ones being developed every day that are targeted to assist disabled individuals in enhancing their abilities

How does it help? Allows us to use a variety of online applications that support the abilities of the users

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Amazon Echo

How does it work? Wirelessly controls lighting and other devices through voice commands.

How does it help? Helps individuals who are otherwise unable to manually operate devices to do so independently.

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Pressure Pads in Beds

How does it work? Allows the staff to monitor bed time routines when people are in and out of bed with a remote monitor; a notification goes to remote staff person when a person has gone to bed and if they get up during the night for an extended period of time.

How does it help? Helps ensure safety by sending staff an alert when an individual is out of bed during the night.

Innovative Resources for Independence is formerly Independence Residences, Inc.

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