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Eskaton’s Got Talent!

Eskaton's Got Talent Good Day Sacramento

Get ready to be amazed and inspired as the incredible talents of beloved senior residents and dedicated Eskaton staff are showcased this weekend! Molly Riehl is getting a preview of some of the incredible acts you can see this weekend!


The Impact of Alexa on Senior Living

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Discover the game-changing potential of Amazon Alexa Smart Properties (ASP) in senior living! This white paper showcases Eskaton’s success with ASP, offering insights, 5 implementation steps, and the impact on staff, residents, and performance. 



Peifer brings 25 years of experience in the senior living industry spanning the non-profit, for-profit, and public sectors

June 19, 2023 | For Media Inquiries Contact Zach Melchiori

(Carmichael, CA) – The Eskaton Board of Directors announced today that Sheri Peifer has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Eskaton, effective September 1, 2023. Ms. Peifer most recently served as President.

Eskaton CEO Todd Murch will work closely with Sheri over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Murch’s last day at Eskaton will be September 1, 2023. 


Kids Connection at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley

20 years of service celebrated with a Western themed hoedown

The Union logoNovember 18, 2022

Article by: Marianna Boll-See

Children from Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School visited the Eskaton Village today to help celebrate Eskaton’s 20 year anniversary in Grass Valley.

Several kids visiting Eskaton Village Grass Valley for their 20th anniversary.

Eskaton Village is a nonprofit multi-level community for independent senior living, assisted living and memory care residents.


Labrador Systems deploys its first assistive elder-care robots

October 3, 2022TechCrunch logo 

We’ve been keeping tabs on Labrador Systems since we caught a very early demo of its elder care-focused technology in a hotel suite several CESes ago. Today the California-based robotics firm announced that it’s begun deploying its Retriever Pro system to a handful of early clients, including, On Lok PACE, Nationwide Insurance, Masonic Homes of California, Western Homes Communities, Eskaton, The Perfect Companion, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, University of Michigan Flint and Graceworks Lutheran Services.



Recognizing Innovative Approaches to Serving Older Adults

Mather Institute logoOctober 3, 2022

Eskaton Receives Honorable Mention for Teaching Best Practices for Inclusivity of Those with Dementia


Movers & Shakers: Eskaton Welcomes New President; Senior Lifestyle Corporation Promotes Asset Management VP

Senior Housing News logoBy Austin Montgomery | September 16, 2022

Eskaton promotes new president with focus on growth

Eskaton, a Sacramento, California-based senior living provider announced it recently promoted Sheri Peifer to the role of president as part of a board-led chief executive officer succession plan, according to a news release provided by the company.

Peifer will take over for outgoing CEO Todd Murch, and she will oversee operations and strategic growth to meet increasing senior living demand.


Newly Named Eskaton President

Peifer to focus on strategic growth, communities and services to meet senior living needs.

September 15, 2022

Sheri Peifer, President of Eskaton(Carmichael, CA) – Eskaton, a nonprofit Sacramento-based senior living organization, has announced the promotion of Sheri Peifer to President as part of the first phase of a board-led CEO succession plan. In her new role, Peifer will oversee operations and strategic growth for the organization to meet the increasing demand for high-quality senior living solutions.


Ask The Expert 2022

Therese ten Brinke

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September 2022

Therese ten Brinke is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Eskaton, a Northern California-based nonprofit senior service organization offering a full spectrum of services and housing options. She is responsible for managing Eskaton’s innovation arm, which includes exploring and piloting new technology tools, scaling new programs and services, and launching new educational and culture initiatives.

Therese ten Brinke, Director of Strategic Initiatives at EskatonDoes our perception about getting older impact our health as we age?


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.

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