MY LIFE MAGAZINE - Winter 2022-2023
By Robert Shuemak
How do you balance independence, safety, and meeting your daily needs? One option is remote support. This service uses technology to assist people with developmental disabilities in their homes.
Remote support can include cameras, sensors, motion detectors or door alarms. That technology connects to an office where trained direct support professionals (DSPs) monitor cameras and audio devices, said Jimmy Finley, executive director of Total home Care solutions remote support services.
“The person being supported remotely can remain safe at home,” Finley said. “They can also call if there is a need for someone to come to the home and provide in-person support.”
DSPs are alerted if any alarms or sensors go off, he added. They’re also notified if the person needs someone to reply to a question or request. And remote staff can contact police or fire departments in an emergency.
Remote support has been around for years, but Finley said some people are still uncomfortable with the idea of being monitored at home.
However, each person can customize the technology based on individual needs and specify when the service is active.
“Remote support allows the person served to not have someone in their home all the time,” Finley said. “It also allows the person to practice their independence.”
Find additional resources on the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities website by searching for remote support on dodd.ohio.gov.