September 2015 - Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven
For decades, a large carpet of grass stretched across the central courtyard of Eskaton Care Center in Sacramento’s Greenhaven neighborhood.
Heather Craig, the center’s executive director, saw potential in this problem lawn. Instead of trying to nurse the turf back to greenness, the space could be revitalized with low-water landscaping. At the same time, its access could be much improved – for walking, rolling and gardening.
“We work on ambulation and balance on different surfaces,” Craig said. “That’s important for mobility.”
“I just love it,” said resident Rita O’Connor, 83... Read more.
August 2015 - Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven
The Therapeutic and Healing Garden includes 100% wheelchair-accessible walkways, a labyrinth, multiple shaded patios, a rehabilitation ambulation garden to help rehab patients get back on their feet, living garden walls, raised garden beds, multiple benches and various areas for family visits and recreational activities. The garden will also include drought-friendly plants that create a sensory paradise for patients and residents. Eskaton Foundation's Fun in the Sun Campaign raised over $300,000 to transform the grounds into a unique Therapeutic and Healing Garden.
"The opening of these community gardens is a unique and monumental occurrence as it is rare for a nursing home to invest in creating a life-enriching opportunity of this caliber for individuals who will live out their life in long-term care," said Todd Murch, Eskaton's President and Chief Executive Officer. Read more.
August 2015 - Eskaton Monroe Lodge
After teaching kindergarteners most of her life, 101-year-old Grace Cloninger continued to interact with children at her nursing home in Sacramento, CA.
Six years ago, Eskaton Monroe Lodge, Cloninger's home for 17 years, partnered with Kids Connection, an intergenerational program where kids and parents interact with residents. A classroom of approximately 30 children visit the residents once a month to complete various activities together, explained Lola Rain, social media director at Eskaton. Read more.
July 2015 - Eskaton
JEAN DICKOW, 78, never wanted the latest whiz-bang technology. But her gadget-friendly daughter, who lives in Norway, was worried that Ms. Dickow would fall in her apartment and no one would know.
So Ms. Dickow was persuaded to put on an Apple Watch look-alike called the Lively safety watch, which has an alert button to push if she falls. Wearing a medical alert pendant that screamed old age was not an option, she said.
Some communities for older adults are also tiptoeing into using sensors. Eskaton, which has about 30 campuses in Northern California, put sensors in some of its apartments. Information that is gathered is downloaded several times a day, said Sheri Peifer, chief strategy officer at Eskaton. Data is then analyzed by software and placed in a resident’s snapshot report that is generated every day. Read more.
July 2015 - Eskaton Washington Manor
Resident Eileen Hall says she has been nurturing the small plant she was given when students from Strawberry Valley School visited Eskaton Washington Manor this past spring.
Eileen said it was a big deal for the kids to put the soil and plants and rocks together in small plastic cups that day.
She and the other seven ladies who met with the students each got a plant to keep, and each student got one too.
“I really love it,” said Eileen, who replanted hers into a larger ceramic pot. “It’s a shade plant. It works perfect in my windowsill. I gave it a little Miracle-Gro and now it has flowers... It brought a little green to the scene.” Read more.
July 2015 - Eskaton Washington Manor
A garden is a magical place. From its first beginnings in Eden, the garden has been a source of life, community and the wonder of creation. For the residents of Eskaton Washington Manor in Mount Shasta, as their hands dig in the soil there is a new richness to summer days. Twirls of tomato vines, tall stalks of corn and the fresh smell of cilantro represent community for the independent living residents. Read more.
June 10, 2015 - Eskaton
The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) recently announced Eskaton as the winner of its Innovations in Quality award for the intergenerational program ‘Kids Connection’.
Eskaton partners with local schools to bring nearly 650 elementary school children together with ‘buddies’ residing in senior living communities. Read more.
May 9, 2015 - Eskaton Lodge Granite Bay
Eskaton Lodge Granite Bay celebrating Mother's Day with a Garden Party. View video.
May 8, 2015 - Eskaton Lodge Gold River
It’s one of the biggest complaints as the years go by—not getting a good night’s sleep.
At tea time at the Eskaton Lodge in Gold River, moms and daughters enjoying a weekend celebration may be worried about sleep time, and for good reason. As we age, getting a good night’s sleep becomes more difficult.
Sleep experts say muscle tissue in our airways loses its tone as we get older, allowing for obstruction that could affect the tissues in our upper airways. View video.
May 7, 2015 - Eskaton Village Carmichael
It’s a new spin on battling a devastating disease—table tennis therapy.
Very few sports work the brain as much as the game of ping-pong.
The smashes come at a rapid pace for members of the Sacramento Table Tennis Club. But even when they miss their mark, they’re right on target when it comes to taking part in an activity that experts say forces out brains to work a little hard, reducing our risk of getting dementia or Alzheimer’s. View video.
April 30, 2015 - Eskaton
“Staying socially engaged as you age adds to life expectancy,” says Eskaton COO Betsy Donovan. “It’s one of the top benefits of living in assisted living and the main reason why many residents say they wish they had made the move sooner. They enjoy the daily activities and dining with others.”
As senior care professionals, we strive to improve older adults’ quality of life, but only a small percentage of people live in senior housing. Evidence shows seniors living alone can become isolated. Accidents or falls can limit social activities, which in turn can lead to loneliness. Research proves people in this situation have a higher risk of depression, heart disease, dementia, and premature death. Read more.
April 29, 2015 - Eskaton
Betsy Donovan, Eskaton's Chief Operationg Officer, spoke with Mellisa Paul about why it's important for seniors to stay socially engaged. Betsy also filled us in on a campaign called Celebrate Mom, a Mother's Day event. View video.
April 21, 2015 - Eskaton
Dr. Teri Tift, Executive Director of Quality and Compliance for Eskaton, spoke with Mellisa Paul about her role, Eskaton's services and resident activities along with their upcoming Mother's Day celebrations. View video.
April 17, 2015 - Eskaton Villge Carmichael
Eskaton Village of Carmichael recently put on their annual resident variety show. “The annual variety show is one of the highlights of the year for residents,” said Vice President of Resident Council Dick D’Agostino. “It not only provides an evening of great entertainment, but it also gives those residents who have a little bit of ham in them an opportunity to show off and strut their stuff.” Read more.
April 9, 2015 - Eskaton Villge Carmichael
An eight act variety show called Put On a Happy Face, expects to draw a crowd of 300 people for standing room only on Friday, April 10. Each year for a decade, Eskaton Village Carmichael residents form a committee to find and organize talent. Read more on page 11.
April, 2015 - Eskaton: Suzanne Olson, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing
Suzanne Olson has one hectic schedule, but you wouldn't know it to talk to her. She's bright, chipper and sounds like she really loves her job as the executive director of sales and marketing for Eskaton, the largest nonprofit provider of senior services in the country. Read more.
January 14, 2015 - Eskaton Villge Grass Valley
Grass Valley, CA – Eskaton reports good scores on its recent satisfaction survey. “We listen,” said Todd Murch, president and CEO. “Our goal is to exceed expectations. If we aren’t doing that, we make changes.”
The 10-question survey is administered by a third party and validated before it is calculated and reported. Questions measure staff responsiveness, environmental conditions, food quality, service and overall satisfaction. Read more.
December 23, 2014 - Eskaton
Eskaton, a Carmichael-based nonprofit that specializes in wide range of supportive housing and other services for seniors, has launched a new program in non-medical home care.
The company has about 30 senior living communities across the region. They offer everything from independent living to home health, skilled nursing and memory care -- but not the non-medical stuff such as companionship or help with basic activities of living such as eating, dressing and bathing. Read more.
November 19, 2014 - Eskaton
The 95 resident of the Eskaton community in Mount Shasta collected and delivered more than 30 bags of food, clothing , and household supplies to help those in need after the Boles Fire in Weed. Read more.
November 8, 2014 - Eskaton
Eskaton, a Sacramento-based nonprofit, has two of the top-performing facilities in the region, and none of its four facilities had any serious citations over the last three years.
All four are well-staffed compared to most nursing homes in the state. Eskaton’s turnover rate in its skilled-nursing facilities, for instance, was about 21 percent in 2012, compared with more than 70 percent for LifeHouse and Plum.
Todd Murch, Eskaton’s president and chief executive officer, said the company’s ability to retain high-quality staff is “really at the core of excellence.” At Eskaton’s nursing home in Fair Oaks, which recently received the highest five-star rating from the federal government, three of the top administrators have collectively worked at that facility for 22 years, he said. Read more.
September 8, 2014 - Live Well at Home
Eskaton, a senior living provider based in Carmichael, Calif., is expanding the in-home care service offerings of a program that serves seniors who don’t necessarily live within one of the company’s communities.
The Live Well at Home initiative provides an array of services for seniors who have yet to move into an Eskaton community. Read more.
September 2, 2014 - Live Well at Home
Live Well at Home by Eskaton welcomes Tom and Jennifer Bollum as executive directors. The husband-wife duo has a track record of building successful businesses in the Sacramento area.
"One of the most asked for referrals from our 24/7 information line is for in-home care,” said Sheri Peifer, Senior VP, Chief Strategy Officer for Eskaton. “The new Live Well at Home model planned for launch January 2015 will accelerate Eskaton’s ability to provide seamless, coordinated care and support," said Peifer." Read more.
August 13, 2014 - Eskaton
Whether your company provides housing or in-home care, you need tools you can count on. Many organizations feel overwhelmed by the processes of adopting new technologies to help improve care delivery, lower expenses, and raise revenue. Decision makers see the benefits of using a variety of technologies, but the idea of institutional change that impacts work flow can be daunting.
"Eskaton is known for embracing emerging technology..." Read more.
August 7, 2014 - Eskaton
Eskaton, committed to innovation in a growing industry of services geared towards older adults, hired Director of Social Media Lola Rain to tackle the shift in consumer demands. “We need to differentiate our services to the public where they interact every day, and today media is being consumed in a totally different way,” said Todd Murch, president and CEO of Eskaton. “We want to educate the children of older adults about ways they can help turn the aging experience into a positive and enjoyable one for their parents. Reaching out into the social networks is the place to do this.” Read more.
August 6, 2014 - Eskaton
Eskaton, a Northern California-based, nonprofit organization that provides services and support for over 14,000 older adults annually, today announced the results of an eight-week trial of Lively's smart home technology. Lively (http://www.mylively.com) uses passive sensors placed around an elderly adult's home to keep tabs on certain daily activity patterns, and automatically notify family members or other designated caregivers whenever something seems amiss.
The purpose of the study was to test the efficacy of Lively in establishing a daily activity ... Read more.
July 3, 2014 - Eskaton Lassen Manor
Eskaton Manor and the Lassen County Public Health Department have partnered with a lot of local businesses to create a new community garden in the low-income senior housing complex on North Mesa street in Susanville. The community garden project is an outgrowth of the Public Health Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ed) and the Lassen County Nutrition Action Plan. Read more.
May 2, 2014 - Eskaton
Eskaton started its wellness program with a small pilot in 2011 and rolled it out to all 1,346 employees in 2012.
It spends $20,000 a year on the program, plus another $70,000 for wellness bonuses. But the bottom-line value of the program can’t be measured in dollars alone, said Monica Sandgathe, Eskaton’s wellness program coordinator. Read more.
April 2, 2014 - Live Well at Home
For years, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have attracted residents based on the services and amenities they offer within their campuses. But for one organization, the overwhelming adoption of a program offered specifically to seniors living outside one of its California communities has led it to rethink the future of its business model.
Carmichael, California-based Eskaton envisions its newly launched Live Well at Home initiative will increase the organization’s staying power and will better position it in a changing marketplace. Read more.
February 14, 2014 - Eskaton Monroe Lodge
Eskaton Monroe Lodge unveiled their remodeled dining room, featuring limited editions of Gregory Kondos’ artwork. Further promoting the deep ties the community has to the Land Park neighborhood, Eskaton staff worked closely with Moni & Gregory Kondos (current midtown residents) to design a “journey though California” art experience. “How much more Sacramento can you get than Kondos,” Tristin Benjamin, Executive Director of Eskaton Monroe Lodge, said. “We are lucky to have received such a gift as working with the Kondos family,” he said. The unveiling was a wonderful... Read more.
December 8, 2013 - Eskaton Village Carmichael
Marian Thompson sits in her floral armchair, gently tugging on a spool of yarn. Her purple needles work in harmony, stitching a fluffy white baby cap with green Christmas trees and red stripes. At 96, her hands ache with arthritis, but she rarely stops to rest them.
She knits more baby caps than any member of the Kiddie Kaps knitting group at Eskaton Village in Carmichael. Read more.
November 5, 2013 - Eskaton
An innovative program that connects seniors with school children has some Eskaton residents singing and “Skyping” its praises. Read more.