High tech homes for the disabled

 

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A state of the art home designed for independent living. It’s for people in Connecticut with intellectual disabilities.

The latest technology, all in one home, just so people like Ray Moncrease can live a more independent life and better manage their health.

“Come on in. Welcome to my home. Mi casa su casa,” said Ray Moncrease.

Ray Moncrease moved out of a group home and is now living on his own a signficant accomplishment.

“I have a processing disorder,” said Moncrease.

Ray is among thousands in Connecticut with intellectual disabilities. But among the few living in a high tech home.

“You’re home but you’re alone, but you’re not really alone,” said Moncrease.

“More tools for people to be able to live independently on their own, not everybody wants to live in a group setting,” said Thomas Dailey.

Thanks to a three way partnership, The CT Department of Developmental Services, Arc of Meriden-Wallingford and Assisted Living Technologies.

“The challenge was to make sure he had everything,” said Pamela Fields, Arc of Meriden-Wallingford. “I think we were concerned that we were going to miss something and then a level of his care wouldn’t be met.”

There all kinds of special safety features. An alarm at the door.

“Somebody will come and call me, why is your door left open, are you okay?” said Moncrease.

There’s a panic button in the bathroom and a portable one for emergencies.

panic button

“What’s in the kitchen is another technology that ends up saving lives,” said Fields.

An automatic timer that turns itself off if the stove is on for too long.

To better manage his overall health, his disabilities and his diabetes, there’s a med minder, Ray’s favorite technology.

MedMinder

“Because I don’t have to keep pre-pouring my pills and popping out pills, it’s easy, it’s quick, it’s simple as 1,2,3,” said Moncrease.

But it also sends an alarm and an e-mail to Ray’s aide if he doesn’t take the meds on time.

“Can you hear me Matt?” said Moncrease.

And talking to Matt Puttre is as simple as skyping.

“Skyping, he hasn’t had to use it as much as we thought he would, but it would give him a face to face contact anytime he needed assistance with things,” said Fields.

“It maybe the first one where we’ve actually helped someone with such comprehensive needs move out of a group home situation,” said Dailey.

A move that’s also more cost effective for the state.

Ray’s move saved the state about 30 percent of the cost of a group home.

The DDS hopes to identify more people like Ray, who can benefit from living independently.

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