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How Networking Upgrades In Elder Care Are Improving Provider And Resident Experiences

July 14, 2022Scots Beavers - Network Communication logo 

Building human connections in elderly care with stronger networks

In Northern California, Eskaton has 34 communities and programs, including all levels of senior care and affordable senior housing. Before the pandemic, it had deployed an enterprise platform that served as a hub for digital signage, voice-enabled devices and other tools.


Amazon’s ‘Alexa Together’ elder care subscription service for families now supports up to 10 caregivers

May 12, 2022TechCrunch logo 

Amazon is introducing two new features for its “Alexa Together” elder care subscription service. The subscription expands on Amazon’s existing product Alexa Care Hub and includes an emergency helpline, fall detection response features, a remote assist option that allows family members to manage settings on the elderly person’s device and an activity feed for family members that notifies them when their loved one is active or if there has been a lag in usual activity.


Talking and Listening are the Main Ingredients for Good Dining

From the Executive Director's Desk

March/April 2022Agrentum Senior Living Executive Magazine logo 

Dining and culinary have always been one of the most important parts of community life for residents–and for executive directors, too.  The pandemic and its changes to daily life and routines had a particular impact on dining, as well.

Certified Director of Assisted Living Kim Delgado shared insights and learnings during a recent email interview.

Q. How have you found that dining changed during the pandemic?
A. Dining has changed in several ways throughout the pandemic. When the world shut down, assisted living communities were no exception. All the residents were isolating in their apartments and were eating food off disposable dishes to limit cross contamination.


Improving Well-being and Social Connections Through Technology for California Seniors Isolated by COVID-19

Case Study:

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Project Description
Eskaton and Front Porch are partners of Lighthouse for Older Adults, a CITRIS and University of California initiative that brings technology-enabled health and well-being to low-income California seniors during the COVID-19 crisis. Lighthouse for Older Adults is a rapidly deployable and scalable digital inclusion pilot program that provides internet accessibility and digital literacy training to improve access to health care services and communication, ultimately leading to improved health, engagement, information, safety, and well-being for 600 older adults across six affordable housing communities.

Connectivity Model
The connectivity model for Lighthouse at Eskaton and Front Porch is the deployment of property-wide Wi-Fi with the initial broadband connectivity preference for fiber, and secondarily for high-speed coax, depending on availability of services. To date, Eskaton has completed full Wi-Fi installations at three affordable housing communities, and Front Porch has completed one affordable housing Wi-Fi deployment with two additional communities in progress.


Senior living company Eskaton sees occupancy beginning to recover from pandemic

Sacramento Business Journal logoNovember 18, 2021

By Emily Hamann  –  Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal

Like senior living companies around the country, low occupancy dragged down Eskaton’s revenue through the first three quarters of the year. But the Carmichael-based nonprofit says occupancy is on track to come back as recovery from the pandemic continues.

Eskaton Village Carmichael community sign

Net operating revenues for Eskaton’s obligated group came in 7.2% below budget for the first nine months of the year, according to a financial document disclosed to bondholders. The disclosure only includes financial results for properties that back the company’s long-term debt, which excludes its senior living community in Placerville. Eskaton is the largest operator of senior living and assisted-living sites in the Sacramento region.


Amazon announces Alexa program for hospitals and senior care

Facilities can send announcements into patient rooms

Amazon announces Alexa program for hospitals and senior care

The Verge logoOctober 25, 2021

By Nicole Wetsman – The Verge

Amazon has two new programs that integrate Alexa into hospitals and senior living communities, the company announced today. They’re run through Alexa Smart Properties, which allows organizations to control a centralized Alexa system.

“Early on in the pandemic, hospitals and senior living communities reached out to us and asked us to help them set up Alexa and voice in their communities,” Liron Torres, global leader for Alexa Smart Properties, said in an interview with The Verge. Hospitals wanted ways to interact with patients without using protective equipment, and senior living communities wanted to connect residents with family members and staff, she says.


Bringing Broadband, Devices, and Training to Affordable Housing Residents

The Lighthouse for Older Adults initiative works to diminish isolation and improve access to health care, wellness, and services for low-income residents.

LeadingAge California logoOctober 7, 2021

Lighthouse for Older Adults is an initiative bringing high-speed Wi-Fi and digital devices to low-income senior housing residents. The program was launched in 2020 by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute, a University of California research center focused on using IT solutions to build social and economic benefits.

CITRIS is working with two LeadingAge-member providers in California—Eskaton and Front Porch—to upgrade broadband access and teach residents to use wireless devices.


Centenarian, World War II hero honored: Retired Lt. Cmdr. Lou Conter celebrates 100th birthday

The Union logoSeptember 14, 2021

Article by: Elias Funez

Retired Lt. Cmdr. Lou Conter is known for many milestones and accomplishments in his life.

On Sunday, Conter became known for turning 100.

 Lou Conter’s 100th birthday cake. Photo: Elias Funez

Though his actual birthday was Monday, a large celebration was held Sunday at the Alta Sierra Country Club, where family and friends from far and wide showed up to honor the living legend and American hero.

Representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Grass Valley City Council, and many more all presented Conter with their appreciation.


Food Network Celebrity Chef Visits Senior Living Community Eskaton Village Carmichael

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August 30, 2021

On Thursday, August 26, celebrity chef, TV personality and author Jet Tila paid a much-anticipated visit to award-winning senior living community, Eskaton Village Carmichael. A blue dinner plate with Teriyaki chicken, California fried riceChef Tila began his visit with a cooking demonstration in the community’s auditorium before moving to the dining room to sign copies of his book and chat with residents and staff. In the afternoon, he worked in the kitchen with the community’s culinary team before conducting a second cooking demonstration and book signing. Residents enjoyed a few of Chef Tila’s personal recipes for teriyaki chicken, California fried rice, lo mein with oyster sauce, and Thai iced tea during both lunch and dinner.


ROOT Community Garden Project

Root Garden SignAugust 24, 2021

The Sacramento Kings Foundation, Raley’s and NCCT worked together to bring a beautiful new community garden to the residents of Eskaton Natomas Manor. The ROOT Community Garden project will help strengthen the sense of community for the residents while providing access to fresh produce to support their health and well-being.



RCPD and Eskaton Announce Partnership to Support Rancho Cordova Residents

Rancho Cordova Police Department logoJuly 7, 2021

RCPD and Eskaton are proud to announce a new program, Rancho Cordova CARES, that provides daily phone calls to adults over the age of 65 by RCPD volunteers in the City of Rancho Cordova.

Rancho Cordova CARES, which stands for Connect And Ring Every Senior, was created and modeled through Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance Program. The program is designed to form connections between residents and RCPD volunteers through daily cost-free calls to share life experiences, memories and laughter. Volunteers will also be able to refer residents to Eskaton’s Resource Navigator who can assist them with accessing resources, education and support groups.


Eskaton Expands the Telephone Reassurance Program with Community Partner Meals on Wheels by ACC

June 28, 2021

Eskaton, a non-profit aging service provider serving Northern California, is partnering with Meals on Wheels by ACC to expand their Telephone Reassurance Program. Today, the program connects over 600 older adults and volunteers from across the country. With this partnership in place, that number could triple to 1,800 before the end of the year.

“Partnering with Meals on Wheels by ACC is a natural fit for Eskaton because both organizations have a desire to empower and support older adults living at home,” said Christie Hebditch, program manager of Telephone Reassurance. Meals on Wheels by ACC will offer over 2,000 Meals on Wheels participants access to cost-free daily social and wellness check calls 365 days a year.


New Reutlinger garden an inviting, safe place for seniors

The Jewish News of Northern California logoJune 14, 2021

With the pandemic easing and warm weather arriving, the residents of Reutlinger Community will be getting outside more often. And when they do, they will be able to enjoy a beautiful garden right on their home turf.

The Deborah L. Lind Memorial Garden was established by Sam Lind in tribute to his late wife, TRC-resident-gardening-in-the-Deborah-L-Lind-Memorial-Gardenwho loved to garden and who was cared for temporarily at the Reutlinger Skilled Nursing Facility before her death at 65 in 2018.


Pop-Up Event at Eskaton!

Supporting Local Small Businesses

Good Day logoMay 17, 2021

Eskaton Monroe Lodge was excited to partner with two local small businesses to bring you two outdoor pop-up shops!

The Miridae Mobile Nursery is a modified box truck available for onsite visits to help people engage with their gardens safely in self-isolation.


Eskaton Partnering to Improve the Lives of Seniors

April 28, 2021

Sacrament State Alumni's from Eskaton. Mark Jenkins, SVP, Chief Financial Officer | Sheri Peifer, SVP, Chief Strategy Officer | Todd Murch, Chief Executive Officer

Our partnerships with Sacramento State greatly benefit us and the university, and our aging population as well.
                                   - Todd Murch, President and CEO Eskaton

Founded in 1968, Eskaton is the largest nonprofit senior living and services provider in the Sacramento region. This integral player in our community’s senior care has numerous links to Sacramento State, including executive-level officers and more than 30 team members with Sac State degrees. “Our partnerships with Sacramento State greatly benefit us and the university, and our aging population as well,” says President and CEO Todd Murch.


Mercy Housing, Eskaton teaming up on Roseville project

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March 22, 2021

Mercy Housing California and Eskaton are partnering on a project in Roseville meant to include components of both companies’ core missions: affordable and senior housing, respectively.

Pleasant Grove Apartments, a 98-unit affordable project, would be at 1721 Pleasant Grove Blvd., east of an Eskaton senior affordable housing property developed in 2007.

Mercy and Eskaton Housing Project

Pleasant Grove Apartments, a 98-unit affordable project, would be at 1721 Pleasant Grove Blvd., east of an Eskaton senior affordable housing property developed in 2007.

Stephan Daues, Mercy Housing’s regional director of housing development, said the partnership hopes to develop a project that reflects what Mercy Housing has discovered in terms of interest in other projects.

“We found we were attracting older folks with mobility concerns,” he said, speaking specifically of the Lohse Apartments project Mercy developed in 2018 in downtown Roseville. “We decided to take that approach here with elevators and all flats.”

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