Independent by Design (IBD)

Technology-Supported Living Services

Independent by Design is an alternative to traditional adult foster care that allows flexibility to provide services tailored to the individual. These services are designed to adapt to the increasing or decreasing needs of individuals who live in their own homes. Services available include 24-hour emergency staff response with technology and supplemental support in areas including budgeting, menu planning, grocery shopping, assistance with medical appointments, and additional areas as identified.

For more information on Independent by Design, contact Tamara Peters

Personalized Adaptation as Needs Change

This is where our people and technology come together. No two applications are the same. Your team will assist you in determining what equipment is needed to meet your specific needs. Sengistix SENS™ is unique in the way we apply technology to meet the individual risks of each person through alerts, reports or both to detect conditions of concern (e.g. forgotten medication, a possible fall, concern about food intake).

A Caregiving Partnership

We work with you to assess areas of concern and vulnerability, and then design the hardware and software to identify and respond to the right set of conditions. For example: If the medication cabinet didn't open when it should, the system calls to remind you and will keep calling if the cabinet isn't opened. It can also email a caregiver who should stay informed and/or generate a report on how often reminders are needed.

Economical Peace-of-Mind

Sengistix SENS™ can deliver peace-of-mind to individuals, families and professional caregivers for pennies on the dollar of existing facility care options. Each monitoring application is custom designed for the individual.

Success Story


IBD Technology Types and Uses

Contact Sensor

Placed on doors, windows, cabinets, drawers, medication boxes, etc.

  • Used to monitor if people are coming and going from home.
  • Used to see if individual is taking medication (e.g. if the individual is supposed to take a medication at 8 A.M., the sensor on the medication box can be set for 7–9 A.M. and if the medication box isn't opened, an alert will go to the 24-hour CCRI team member).
  • Used to monitor behaviors or habits (e.g. linking the refrigerator to a bed sensor to monitor if an individual is eating during the night).

Bed Sensor

Placed between the mattress and box spring of the bed.

  • Used to monitor if someone is waking up on time.
  • Used to monitor sleep patterns.
  • Linked to other sensors to monitor behaviors or habits.

Motion Sensor

Placed on the wall in any room.

  • Used to monitor if there is someone in the room.
  • Can link multiple sensors to know if there is more than one person in the home.
  • Used to monitor behaviors or habits (e.g. link a bed sensor to bathroom motion sensor to monitor if an individual is getting up to go to the bathroom multiple times at night).


On a lanyard so the individual can wear it at all times in the home, a button is pushed to activate it.

  • Used for emergencies; if activated, a CCRI team member will respond immediately.

Other Sensors

Incontinent, toilet, stove guard, glucometer, blood pressure, etc.