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Eskaton Care Center Adds New Wheels to Its OT Room

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June 7, 2019

Eskaton Care Center Fair Oaks recently retrofitted its occupational therapy room with a new piece of rehabilitation equipment – a Chrysler PT Cruiser, it announces in a media release.

“There are several physical skills that a person may need to relearn through practice after experiencing an illness or injury,”; says John Mueggenburg, rehabilitation program manager at Eskaton Care Center Fair Oaks. “Getting in and out of a vehicle is one of these skills.”

After someone leaves the hospital and enters skilled nursing, physical therapy helps the person recover, and sometimes finding new ways to complete everyday tasks is necessary.

“Eventually, a patient will need to get in a vehicle and be transported home,” adds Mueggenburg, an occupational therapist, in the release. Read more.


Eskaton Improves Health Outcomes Through An Innovative Approach to Rehabilitation

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June 6, 2019

Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization believes in the importance of aging well and enhancing the lives of older adults through innovative approaches to health and wellness. Recently, Eskaton Care Center Fair Oaks retrofitted its occupational therapy room with a new piece of rehabilitation equipment – a Chrysler PT Cruiser.

“There are several physical skills that a person may need to relearn through practice after experiencing an illness or injury,” said John Mueggenburg, rehabilitation program manager at Eskaton Care Center Fair Oaks, “Getting in and out of a vehicle is one of these skills.” After someone leaves the hospital and enters skilled nursing, physical therapy helps the person recover, and sometimes finding new ways to complete everyday tasks is necessary.

“Eventually a patient will need to get in a vehicle and be transported home,” said Mueggenburg, an occupational therapist. Eight years before it became a reality, Mueggenburg envisioned this vehicle. He worked closely with Eskaton’s project manager Summer Dales and a local mechanic Greg Sahr of Rock and Road in Loomis, California. Sahr designed a system that allowed a car to lift to specified heights that mimic different makes and models of vehicles. Read more.


Eskaton Becomes First California Provider to Offer Alexa to All Residents

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May 16, 2019

Earlier this month, Eskaton Village Roseville became the first senior living provider in California to offer Amazon Alexa to all its residents in one community.

The new voice-first enhancements reach 100 seniors in assisted living and are built on the community’s existing Smart Home capabilities. Residents can use them to turn lights on and off, adjust their thermostat, call the front desk, and ask for the events of the day.

Eskaton, a nonprofit senior living organization based in Sacramento, partnered on the project with K4Connect, a mission-centered technology company. K4Connect first deployed Smart Home, Smart Wellness, and Smart Living capabilities in Roseville starting early last year. Read more.


Assisted Living Community Gives Every Resident ‘Alexa’ To Help Keep Their Independence

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May 7, 2019

A newer piece of technology is helping senior citizens keep their independence. The small device is helping the elderly in a big way.

Joyce Lynch, 92, is a resident at the Eskaton Village Roseville, a non-profit senior-based living community.

“My children keep thinking I should join the 21st century, and I think Alexa has made it possible,” Lynch said. “She’s really great, she tells me what time of day it is.”

Eskaton Roseville is the first assisted living community in California to provide every resident with an Amazon Echo, thanks to a partnership with K4Connect, a technology company that works to empower older adults.

“We actually started about a year ago testing out home automation, and residents right away told us, ‘we would like to control this with our voice,’” said Sheri Peifer, the Chief Strategy Officer for Eskaton.

The voice command tool was installed in all rooms about four weeks ago and helps residents play their favorite music, hear the menu for the day and news headlines, and in an emergency, Alexa can also contact the front desk.

“I don’t know if it’s lazy or old age or… hahaha… it’s convenient!” Lynch said.

For Lynch, who now lives alone, Alexa also serves as a companion.

“After having a family of five children, it’s peaceful and quiet but I do have a friend here,” she said.

Eskaton said they plan to use Amazon voice across all of their residential living communities. Watch news video.


Eskaton Deploys Amazon Alexa to 100 Seniors in Assisted Living

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May 6, 2019

Eskaton, a nonprofit Sacramento-based senior living organization, and K4Connect, a mission-centered technology company, announced an expanded partnership to bring voice assistance to all residents living at Eskaton Village Roseville. Eskaton is the first senior living provider in California to offer the Amazon Alexa to all its residents in one community.

“Eskaton believes in creating adaptive living environments that empower the independence and well-being of all residents regardless of age and ability,” said Sheri Peifer, chief strategy officer. For Eskaton, the integration of voice control means transforming the way we interact with our environment.

“Eskaton believes an environment should be livable at any age and we are leveraging voice-first technology to achieve that goal,” said Peifer. The new voice-first enhancements are built upon existing Smart Home capabilities at Eskaton Village Roseville that enable residents to turn on and off lights, adjust their thermostat, call the front desk and ask for the events of the day. Read more.


Senior connections between the old and young in Nevada County

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April 9, 2019

Around 2006, Marika Beck was visiting her grandmother in Tuscon, Arizona. While there, the current English teacher at Sierra Academy of Expeditionary of Learning noticed something about many elderly: they were disconnected from others.

“I just felt like there’s this whole group of people who have lived these incredible lives and are essentially housed away,” said Beck.

In February, 17 groups of 44 students were paired with about 20 senior citizens at Eskaton Village, a Grass Valley retirement community. In May, the students will produce 17 mini-documentaries, in addition to several written pieces, about their experiences with elders. Read more.


Why this Bay Area business wants an alliance with Sacramento region’s Eskaton

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A woman harpist play music for a woman resident in a wheelchair

Carmichael’s Eskaton is once again growing its footprint in the San Francisco Bay Area as the nonprofit senior care company faces increased competition in Northern California from a number of rapidly expanding for-profit assisted living businesses with billion-dollar balance sheets.

Eskaton announced Friday that, pending state regulatory approval, it will take the reins of The Reutlinger Community, a 180-unit senior community in Danville that includes units for assisted living, memory care, skilled care and rehabilitation. Both organizations say they try to make the aging experience stimulating in environments that limit upheaval.

Eskaton Chief Executive Officer Todd Murch said the union could be completed as early as this summer. Since both organizations are nonprofits, he said, no money will change hands. The Reutlinger would become a subsidiary of Eskaton if their nonprofit affiliation is approved.


Reutlinger to partner with nondenominational management group

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March 22, 2019

The Reutlinger Community soon will be under new management.

Long the primary Jewish assisted living/skilled nursing home in the East Bay, Reutlinger has signed a letter of intent with Eskaton, a large, nondenominational nonprofit that manages more than 30 senior care facilities throughout Northern California.

Though Eskaton will take over management once the transition is complete, leaders of both bodies promise that Reutlinger’s Jewish values and traditions will continue. The Danville facility, which accommodates up to 180 seniors, will still be called the Reutlinger Community, with minimal day-to-day changes anticipated for residents. Read more.


One hundred years and counting in Grass Valley

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Currently there are five centenarians living at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley. According to the staff, all agree that the secrets to longevity include a healthy diet and staying mentally and physically active. They also reinforced the notion that having a positive attitude and a sense of humor also play a key role.


128 senior living communities named ‘Caring Stars of 2019’

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November 13, 2018 is releasing its list of “Caring Stars of 2019” today, and 128 senior living communities made the cut.

Any licensed senior living community with a profile in Caring’s nationwide directory is eligible for the award from the San Mateo, CA-based website, which serves as a resource for family caregivers. To earn it, communities must have had 10 or more consumer reviews on their listing by Oct. 15, with an overall average rating of 4.5 or higher on


Eskaton Embarks on Culture Change to Improve the Way Aging is Viewed


November 1, 2018

Eskaton launches “Age is Beautiful” to disrupt the status quo about aging in our society.

How does a nonprofit with 50 years of experience serving seniors shift our society’s perception on aging? Eskaton, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of seniors, recently launched a campaign to compel people to think differently about aging.


InnovAge intends to open new PACE center in Sacramento, Calif.

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October 24, 2018

The Sacramento center is in partnership with Adventist Health and Eskaton; InnovAge and Adventist Health also agree to grow PACE throughout the state

InnovAge today announced with Adventist Health and Eskaton their shared intent to partner in bringing a new Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) center to Sacramento, Calif. InnovAge and Adventist Health are also exploring an expanded partnership to bring PACE to several other California communities. PACE is an alternative to nursing homes, designed to keep seniors living in their own homes and communities for as long as safely possible. Participants are primarily dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

In addition to its operations in four other states, InnovAge currently operates a PACE center in San Bernardino, Calif.


Local Volunteer Group Connects with Isolated Seniors through Daily Phone Calls

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September 19, 2018

Far too many times senior citizens are forgotten but one volunteer program is looking to keep elderly people connected one phone call at a time.

When Karen Staydohar volunteers at Eskaton, she spends most of her time on the phone, hoping to make a friend at the other end of the line.

Eskaton Telephone Reassurance connects isolated senior citizens on the phone with a volunteer for routine check-ins or just to talk about their day.


Eskaton Lifts the Spirits of Lonely Seniors One Phone Call at a Time

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August 27, 2018

For more than two decades, Eskaton, a nonprofit organization serving seniors for 50 years, has reached out to homebound and isolated seniors via its Telephone Reassurance program. The program consists of volunteers who contact seniors to check up on them and provide an opportunity to socialize.

“Older people who are lonely are more likely to develop dementia than their more socially connected peers. In fact, studies show loneliness has physical effects that are among the most problematic in modern medicine,” said Linda Whiteside, Telephone Reassurance program manager with Eskaton.


Eskaton Village Celebrates with a Luau

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August 2018

Eskaton Village Placerville ended summer with a big Luau celebration for its residents on Monday, Aug. 6. Residents were greeted with leis and aloha dancers performed a Hawaiian dance from all the major Polynesian island cultures. Residents also enjoyed the roasted pig feast. For more information on Eskaton Village Placerville, call Jane Young, director of resident services, at (530) 295-3400.


Eskaton Responds to the Caregiver Shortage by Launching Live Well at Home Caregiver Academy

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July 23, 2018

Live Well At Home, Eskaton’s in-home care agency, introduces people to a caregiving career through its new training program.

Eskaton, a nonprofit organization serving seniors for 50 years, focuses on innovative solutions to workforce development challenges. One area of focus is the lack of qualified caregivers to provide in-home services to the aging population and people with disabilities.

“It is a challenge to find enough caregivers to meet the demands of the market,” said Tom Bollum, Executive Director at Live Well at Home by Eskaton.

Of the 10,000 Baby Boomers who turn 65 every day, more than half will eventually need some form of long-term care. According to the Chicago Tribune, the shortage of caregivers has reached a crisis level. Providers across the country are routinely reporting they can’t find and retain enough direct care workers.

The Caregiver Academy is designed to attract and train those with a heart for caring,” said Bollum. “Attendees must first be accepted into the program. Then they will learn crucial caregiver skills, personal care, activities of daily living (ADLs), nutrition, food safety and dementia care.” To pre-qualify for this free training, each applicant must first complete a California Home Care Aide registration and Live Scan. Read more.


LeadingAge California Recognizes Eskaton With Two Prestigious Awards

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Eskaton receives Best Practices/Innovation and Grassroots Advocate of the Year awards from LeadingAge California, the state’s leading advocate for quality, not-for-profit senior living and care.

“To be entrusted with the care and support of older adults is a privilege. The Innovation/Best Practices and Grassroots Advocate awards demonstrate our belief in continuing to provide the best possible services we can for seniors,” said Todd Murch, President and CEO, Eskaton.

LeadingAge California represents nearly 600 nonprofit providers of senior living and care – including affordable housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, skilled nursing and home and community-based care. Read more.


New Effort Aimed At Helping People With Developmental Disabilities Find Work

May 16, 2018

There’s a new effort underway to create job opportunities for young adults with autism.

A group of assembly members at the State Capitol are working on a bill to help people with autism find employment. According to those lawmakers, only six percent of young adults with autism are employed in California.

Assemblywoman Rubio works to create more job opportunities for people living with Autism. View press release video.

Edwards has been working at an elderly care facility for a year, and most recently at Eskaton in Roseville.

“I don’t know if I could ever have much more fun than this,” he said.

“The ultimate goal is to give them the self-esteem, they need to be able to move onto other careers,” said Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio. View video and read more.


100 Seniors to Get Connected with Tablets and Smart Phones

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May 7, 2018

Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors in the Greater Sacramento area for 50 years, is launching a groundbreaking technology solution for seniors living at Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento, California.

“Eskaton Connect turns senior living apartments into smart homes and communication hubs, enabling each resident to experience more comfort, and engage with family and their community,” said Sheri Peifer, Eskaton senior vice president and chief strategy officer. “We partnered with K4Connect to customize its platform for our residents to use to turn on and off lights, set reminders, track fitness, video call family, promote life enrichment and much more.” Read more.

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