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Finding a place for seniors to call home

The Press - Brentwood - Discovery Bay - Oakley - Antioch logo


March 4, 2021

Residents who live at Eskaton enjoy a variety of services and all the comforts of home.

Resident and staff planting in a raised planter box

Making the choice to place an aging parent in a senior-care facility or hire in-home help can be difficult.

East County residents are fortunate to have options available when choosing care for their seniors. Eskaton is a regional, nonprofit, senior-living and aging-services provider with locations across Northern California.


‘It’s really a relief’: Staff, residents at Sacramento long-term care facility get COVID-19 vaccine

KCRA 3 News logo

January 12, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Staff and residents at a long-term care facility in Sacramento began receiving the COVID-19 vaccines Monday night.

Residents at Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven on Florin Road said they’re excited to be a step closer in being able to see loved ones again.

Eskaton Care Centers receive COVID Vaccination

“It’s really a relief to know that they’re doing something and we got to have the shot, which I was worried about, not being able to,” said Penny Kessler, a resident who received the vaccine.


The Reutlinger Community Receives the Morrison Healthcare Dining Award

December 2020

Three staff members showing The Reutlinger Community Morrison Healthcare Dining AwardThe Reutlinger Community received the coveted Dining Account of the Year due to their TRC dining team embracing creative dining approaches during the pandemic. The team worked as an extension of the life enrichment team, providing creative and engaging ways to build connections and enjoy delicious food, while remaining safe and abiding by public health requirements.


Honoring the Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust survivor, 93, recalls horrors, close scrapes — and a new life in Oakland

The Jewish News of Northern California

For historians, Sept. 1, 1939, marks the start of World War II, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. For 93-year-old Polish-born Misia Olszak Nudler, it’s also the day that her life turned upside down.

Misia Nudler, Holocaust survivorThe youngest of six sisters, Nudler was born in 1927 in Zaręby Kościelne, a Polish village about 60 miles from Warsaw that at one time had two Jewish cemeteries and four synagogues.


Vets honored

The Daily Journal logoNovember 23, 2020


13 Veterans honored by Burlingame Mayor Emily Beach at The TrousdaleOn Nov. 18, Burlingame Mayor Emily Beach participated in a veterans event at The Trousdale and presented each of the veterans with a special certificate of appreciation from the city of Burlingame. The ceremony included personal stories from some of the veterans.


Lighting Pathways To Digital Literacy In Senior Housing

From ordering medication online to buying groceries or connecting with friends and family, the internet has become a critical survival tool today. Yet millions of low-income older adults in the U.S. lack the basic digital literacy skills they need.

LeadingAge Ca engage logoby Robin Douglas, Robin Douglas Creative Services, LLC 11/19/2020


A couple sitting on the couch with staff member show tools on  laptop“The internet is a vital tool for older adult residents,” said Sheri Peifer, Chief Strategy Officer at Eskaton in Sacramento, Calif. Eskaton, along with Front Porch in Southern California, will launch the pilot at one community site each – with the plan to expand to a total of six – that will serve as a model and roadmap for replication for other communities. Peifer explained that many senior housing buildings have hot spots or community spaces but don’t necessarily have the infrastructure for residents to access the internet in their apartments. “For Eskaton, it was a good opportunity to look at scaling broadband access to all affordable housing residents,” she said. 


From Theaters to salons to libraries, senior living facilities offer luxury

San Francisco Chronicle logoShared from the 10/25/2020 San Francisco Chronicle eEdition – SENIOR LIVING By Carolyne Zinko


The Trousdale is in a six-story building that contains a theater, salon, spa for acupuncture and massage and fitness center.

The Trousdale theater roomHealth care is an important factor in selecting a senior living facility, but not the only one. From in-house theaters and salons to spas with acupuncture, retirement communities are offering unique experiences to stand out


Smart Home Technology Keeping Families Connected

Eskaton Senior Living Center is using technology to help its residents communicate with their families during the pandemic.

Good Day logoOctober 2, 2020

At Eskaton, we believe our residents thrive when they stay active and connected. Keeping families involved and providing our residents with simple, yet intuitive technology to make their lives more enjoyable and engaging is a top priority within the Eskaton organization.


Drive-by birthday salute: World War II veteran and USS Arizona survivor Louis Conter turns 99

The Union logoSeptember 14, 2020

Grass Valley’s World War II hero and USS Arizona survivor, retired Lt. Cmdr. Lou A. Conter, was celebrated Saturday with a drive-by salute for his birthday.

Conter turned 99 on Sunday, and won’t soon forget the procession of law enforcement, firefighter, and community members’ vehicles that took part in his surprise birthday tribute.

“I didn’t know anything about it, my God,” Conter said following the drive-by celebration. “I was just sitting there watching TV, getting ready for going to Jack and Linda’s for a barbecue this afternoon, just relaxing. I walked out here, and what the hell is going on?”


On the open road: Eskaton Village treated to car parade

Mountain Democrat logoSeptember 11, 2020

Eskaton Village in Placerville hosted a car parade on Wednesday for residents as the El Dorado Early Ford V8 and Hangtown Model-A car clubs teamed up to motor through the facility for socially distanced outdoor entertainment.

“My father worked at Ford during World War II and built tanks,” said Eskaton Village resident Lee Hanley. “We had cars just like these when I was a kid. This was amazing today and it was nice to have something to look forward to with everything going on these days.”

“I didn’t know anything about it, my God,” Conter said following the drive-by celebration. “I was just sitting there watching TV, getting ready for going to Jack and Linda’s for a barbecue this afternoon, just relaxing. I walked out here, and what the hell is going on?”


Reutlinger Faces a Brighter Future with Affiliation

The Jewish News of Northern California logoAugust 26, 2020

In response to Donald Chaiken’s opinion piece about the affiliation between Eskaton and the Reutlinger Community, I offer the following:

The affiliation between Eskaton and the Reutlinger Community (TRC) received all governmental approvals and was determined to be final on April 21, 2020.


Lighthouse for Older Adults

The program pilot at two affordable housing communities aims to improve older adult health and well-being.

69 WFMZ-TV News logoAugust 11, 2020

“Lighthouse for Older Adults,” a CITRIS and University of California Initiative, Brings Technology-Enabled Health and Well-Being to Low-Income California Seniors During COVID Crisis

Researchers at CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) at the University of California are launching today “Lighthouse for Older Adults” (Lighthouse), a public-private initiative to pilot access to telehealth and internet services to low-income seniors. With $3.6 million in funding and partners including affordable housing providers, technology distributors, and NGOs, Lighthouse aims to equip older adult residents of affordable housing communities with internet access, telehealth tools, and digital literacy skills they need to access information, health care services, and social connections.


COVID can’t keep Corvette Caravan from cruising

Mountain Democrat logoAugust 7, 2020

Eskaton Village and Gold Country Retirement Center residents in Placerville enjoyed their own, personal Corvette Drive-By Caravan Saturday when 23 members of Cameron Park Corvette Club revved up and rolled into the facilities’ lots.

The parade of sleek Corvettes organized in Cameron Park, made its way to Gold Country Retirement Center, then down Main Street in Placerville and on to Eskaton Village.

“I just love Corvettes,” said Eskaton Village resident Bob Addison. “It was fabulous to have the cars come by today. It helped lift my spirits a lot and get outside during this health crisis. We have been cooped up a long time.”


Adventist, Eskaton team with new entrant in Sacramento to launch PACE elder care program

July 8, 2020

The Sacramento Bee logoAdventist Health and Eskaton are teaming up with a Denver-based senior care provider to open a new adult day center that will be a one-stop shop connecting the aged and infirm to dentistry, medical specialists and a range of other services.

InnovAge, the Colorado care provider, has been expanding across the country, and Sacramento is the second city in California where the company is serving seniors. It also has a senior center in San Bernardino.


K4Connect Teams Up with Amazon to Connect Thousands of Older Adults in Isolation Through Free Voice Experiences

May 27, 2020

The Mountaineer logoK4Connect, a mission-driven technology company that creates solutions that serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities, announced a new initiative with Amazon to support senior living residents during COVID-19. K4Connect is distributing over 8,000 Echo Dots to more than 40 independent and assisted living communities in West Coast regions highly affected by COVID-19, allowing residents to use voice technology to stay more connected while in isolation. Devices were donated by Amazon as part of a $5 million device donations program created in response to COVID-19, and will integrate with K4Community, K4Connect’s advanced enterprise solution designed for the residents and staff of senior living communities. The experience allows residents to immediately begin their voice experience with minimal involvement from community staff. Communities simply plug in the Echo devices and start enjoying all the benefits of Amazon Alexa, as well as various new capabilities from K4Connect that make community information, services, and communication just an “Alexa” request away.


Livermore Alumnus Named General Counsel at Eskaton

May 7, 2020

The Independent logoThomas M. Garberson, a 2002 graduate of Livermore High School, has been named general counsel at Eskaton, a Sacramento-based nonprofit providing senior living and care facilities at Northern California locations from Burlingame to Roseville.

Garberson was previously a partner in the Sacramento law firm of Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, where he dealt primarily with medical malpractice and long-term care defense.


Danville’s Reutlinger Community finalizes affiliation with Eskaton

Senior community center promises to retain Jewish cultural values

May 6, 2020

Danville-San Ramon logoDanville’s Jewish retirement center The Reutlinger Community has announced that it has officially finalized its affiliation with the Eskaton network, a Sacramento-based senior living nonprofit organization.

Approved after two years of negotiation and government approvals, the affiliation will allow The Reutlinger Community to access the services and resources provided by Eskaton, while still maintaining its priority of preserving Jewish cultural values, practices and policies.


Senior Living Facility Opens Coronavirus Wing At Fair Oaks Facility

13 CBS Sacramento News logo

April 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Controversial “coronavirus wings” have been popping up at nursing homes across the state.

Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea, especially those with loved ones at assisted living facilities, sharing the same space.

Betsey Donovan, Chief Operating Officer at Eskaton Senior Living, says there’s a need now for a space for senior coronavirus patients that are discharged from hospitals but still need intensive care.

“When they’re ready to go, there needs to be a place for them to go,” Donovan said.

Now, the Eskaton in Fair Oaks will open its doors.

“We’re learning from the experts we can do both, we can protect the vulnerable who have not tested positive while meeting the short-term needs of those who are in the step-down program,” she said.


For seniors on COVID-19 lockdown, Alexa proves to be a valuable friend

ZD Net logoApril 17, 2020

At California senior living centers run by the nonprofit Eskaton, technology use is up among seniors looking to fend off loneliness. Their changing habits shed new light on why some tools like voice assistants are more useful than others.

At the Eskaton assisted living communities across Northern California, residents and staff are doing their best to create a shared sense of hope and solidarity through the COVID-19 pandemic.

To keep residents safe, communal rooms are closed for activities, but hallway happy hours have become a common occurrence. Residents must eat their meals in their own apartments, but the staff has treated them with door-to-door candy deliveries. Visitors are no longer permitted on premises, but tools like messaging apps and videoconferencing are helping residents feel connected to their loved ones. 

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