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.
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.
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 Blvd, 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.
April 27, 2018
Eskaton partners with California Conservation Corps, Pride Industries, CCC Foundation and Alta California Regional Center to help train people with disabilities.
Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors in the Greater Sacramento area for 50 years, is teaming up with a number of workforce development organizations to help train people with disabilities. Project visionaries, Dr. Lou Vismara, M.D. and Michael Bernick, Esq., invited Eskaton to spearhead this endeavor. Read more.
May 1, 2018
A popular senior gym and health facility in Burlingame will keep running, as health care officials finalized a deal preserving the center once threatened to be shuttered.
The Peninsula Health Care District Board of Directors approved an agreement designed to maintain the health center on district land at 1875 Trousdale Drive, which was facing closure when Sutter Health officials announced interest in pulling the plug.
Officials from the health care district have since scrambled to preserve the facility, leading to a tentative agreement last month with nonprofit Eskaton to take over operations for the exercise and wellness programs. Under the most recent approval, details of the Eskaton arrangement were finalized. Read more.
February 23, 2018
Eskaton explores the six most common Activities of Daily Living and offers education to adult children on recognizing signs of when an aging parent needs assistance.
Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors in the region for 50 years, is reaching out to family caregivers and children of older adults to offer education and support. Read more.
January 24, 2018
California-based Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based senior living provider, and North Carolina-based K4Connect, a mission-centered technology company, recently announced a strategic partnership to deploy K4Connect’s senior living solution, K4Community, in communities throughout California.
Specifically, K4Community will be integrated into 10 of Eskaton’s planned and existing senior living communities in 2018.
K4Community permits residents to manage several aspects of their lives, including more responsive and personalized living environments, the streamlined capability to connect with loved ones and other residents, and the ability stay up-to-date with the latest events, dining, wellness programs ,and community news. K4Community also provides staff in-depth management and analytics tools. Read more.
January 19, 2018
Numbers show 1 in 4 seniors who break their hips die within a year. It’s one of the most common and devastating injuries among the elderly.
Recently, CBS13 profiled a product out of France aimed at breaking those falls. Now, a similar airbag technology is taking shape in the U.S., and it’s being tested out by a group of seniors in Carmichael, and they say they’re happy to be part of the solution.
Being active is a big part of Yen Lu Wong’s life, but at 75 years old, the retired dance professor realizes the risks that come with it.
“Falling could really change our lives,” said Wong.
She is one of about a dozen residents at Eskaton Village Carmichael retirement community helping to soften the blow.
It’s called Active Protection and is a wearable smart belt, similar to one featured at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, that deploys airbags when a fall is detected. Read more.
January 17, 2018
Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based senior living provider offering innovative housing, healthcare and social services, and K4Connect, a mission-centered technology company, have announced a strategic partnership to deploy K4Connect’s senior living solution, K4Community, in communities across California. K4Community will be integrated into 10 of Eskaton’s existing and planned senior living communities throughout 2018.
January 04, 2018
Eskaton, a non-profit community-based organization serving seniors in the Greater Sacramento area for nearly 50 years, recently garnered a slew of top honors from a multitude of organizations. US News and World Report included Eskaton Care Center Fair Oaks, Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven, Eskaton Care Center Manzanita and Eskaton Village Carmichael Care Center in its Best Nursing Homes in America list. Read more.
"When a child walks into a room with older adults, the smiles are heartfelt."
December 13, 2017
Isolation and loneliness contribute to many illnesses, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to Medical News Today, loneliness can alter immune system cells in a way that increases susceptibility to illness and premature death. To combat this, Eskaton, a non-profit community-based organization serving seniors in the Northern California, created its Kids Connection program. Read more.
November 20, 2017
A formerly homeless Navy veteran in El Dorado County now has a place to call home thanks to the kindness of many in the community.
Keith Lozier moved into Eskaton Lincoln Manor in Placerville Monday, the first home he has had in years. Read more.
November 20, 2017
Lozier calls himself a "happy country hippie," smiling and waving at people at a Cameron Park shopping center. That shopping center parking lot was Lozier's home for years, and few people knew he was a U.S. Navy veteran.
"I figure I was going to die in a tent for the longest time," Lozier said.
With the help of several VA groups, volunteers, and donations, Lozier is now an official resident at Eskaton Senior Apartments in Placerville. Read more and watch news video.
November 9, 2017
Today, 267 independent and assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and care homes across 40 states are receiving the “Caring Stars of 2018” distinction from Caring.com, a Senior Housing Forum partner. And it’s only fitting: this year’s theme for National Family Caregivers Month, Caregiving Around the Clock, is exactly what these top-rated senior living communities are doing every day.
Eskaton, with 23 winners. Read more.
Eskaton Village Care Center in Carmichael, CA, has an overall rating of Top Performing. It is a small facility with 35 beds and has nonprofit, corporate ownership. Eskaton Village Care Center is part of a continuing care retirement community. It participates in Medicare and Medicaid. Read more.
September 29, 2017
Eskaton, a nonprofit serving seniors throughout Northern California, will be presenting a traveling art show on Saturday, September 30, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Eskaton Village Grass Valley, 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley, CA. The event will showcase artwork created by residents from Eskaton communities around Northern California.
“We have a very popular art program at Eskaton Village Grass Valley that started five years ago,” explained Michele Ozanich, Director of Resident Services. “It is so inspiring to see what the residents can do.”
For those who cannot attend the September 30 “Sip & Stroll” Open House, or want to further support Eskaton artists, there will be another art exhibition on Saturday, October 14, at Eskaton Lodge Gold River, 11390 Coloma Road, Gold River, CA, from 1-3 p.m. Both events include refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and surprises.
No matter someone’s age, “seniors can continue to learn, encourage each other and inspire others,” concluded Ozanich. Read more.
September 6, 2017
September is Fall Prevention month. Learn some exercises can help your balance. Watch video.
Eskaton is proud to host "Before the Fall," a never before seen documentary about fall prevention and recovery. Enjoy this 30-minute educational film, join the Q&A with the Emmy-winning filmaker Karen Christian, and watch a demonstration of fun and easy exercises to help reduce your fall risk. Please join us at one of our Eskaton Communities.
July 28, 2017
Construction of a Burlingame senior care facility designed to offer specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss is on schedule and rooms are already being rented, officials said.
Living space in the Trousdale is available on the market, as the 124-room project adjacent to Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame continues to be developed by the Peninsula Health Care District.
District CEO Cheryl Fama said enthusiasm is building as the care center continues to move toward its expected official opening sometime in the early part of 2018. Read more.
June 5, 2017
Marie Coolidge’s apartment at the Eskaton Monroe Lodge was bathed in soft light on a recent afternoon, her newly installed light bulbs glowing beneath white fabric lamp shades around the living room where she spends most of her time.
The high-tech bulb system, installed last fall at the Land Park senior living community, is designed to provide extra light to residents whose eyesight may be fading as they age. The bulbs change color throughout the day to provide different types of light matching the body’s circadian rhythms, which determine when people should wake, work and rest. The new installation has improved seniors’ moods, helped them sleep and stopped many of them from falling when they wake in the night, according to a study on the project released this spring. Read more.
Candice Nutting, the lead housekeeper at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley, was given the Outstanding Team Member award from the California Assisted Living Association.
Awards were given based on their commitment to providing outstanding, quality care and service to residents in the assisted living communities where they work. Nutting will receive her award on June 5.
According to a release from the association, residents and staff describe Nutting as "quiet and unassuming, never one to seek attention," yet her contributions to residents' quality of life, overall community culture, and community-at-large are significant. As captain of the wellness committee, she helps residents, family members, and staff to get involved in healthy activities. In addition, she is described as an active participant in area fundraisers, helping to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure and the Relay for Life, among others. Read more.
Eskaton Village Carmichael, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), is celebrating its 25th anniversary, as well as outstanding satisfaction results. "We are also celebrating a resident who has called Eskaton Village Carmichael home for the past 25 years," said Executive Director Greg Klick. "In 1992, Chuck Naegeli was one of the first residents to move in."
"We did the right thing when we moved here," noted Naegeli. "The staff has taken good care of me." After Naegeli attended the 25th anniversary black tie celebration at the community, he decided to throw the staff an appreciation party. Read more.
There are resources for care-givers struggling to provide for the daily needs of incapacitated loved ones, said Heidi Richardson, program planner for Senior and Adult Services in Sacramento County.
Richardson suggested a good starting place is the person’s health insurance to find out what it provides to help families caring for those with cognitive impairments. Asking if a case manager is available can save caregivers hours or days trying to research resources.
Adult day care, such as the Eskaton Adult Day Health Center in Carmichael, might be covered.
About half of the program participants of the Eskaton Adult Day Health Center in Carmichael are covered under Medi-Cal, said executive director Daisy Absalon. Another 20 percent get services through Alta Regional Center. The center offers many activities for adults, both for fun and therapy. Most are elderly, but the center serves younger participants as well, Absalon said. Participants currently range in age from 44 to 93.
Sacramento area experts suggested checking these resources: Watch video and read more.
Thanks to Cain Robles, social service coordinator at EVC, Chuck received a private tour of the Golden1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. Chuck has been a resident of the Eskaton Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) for about 11 years, first in independent living, then assisted living and now in skilled nursing. He took his daughter, granddaughter, and two great-granddaughters on the tour with him. The excitement on Chuck’s face was priceless. Read more.
Eskaton recently partnered with SMUD, a community-owned and not-for-profit electric service, and Stack Labs, whose light bulbs address circadian rhythm, to launch a technology pilot in order to measure the effect of lighting on older adults. The new pilot will shine a light on seniors to measure their sleep quality and reduction of fall risk. Read more.
Clea Meyers, a retired Rancho Cordova teacher, reached a major milestone with her 100th birthday in March. She’s having lots of parties with well-wishers.; Meyers can be seen walking around Eskaton Village in Carmichael, where she lives. With her pedometer clipped on, Meyers participates in the Eskaton Step It Up walking program, logging an impressive 7,000 steps per day – which she has no problem achieving. Read more.
Both Eskaton Lincoln Manor and Eskaton Natomas Manor were nationally recognized as Communities of Quality by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). "Our community won because the staff are truly dedicated to making Lincoln Manor the best place for older adults to live," said Elizabeth Catron, executive director, Eskaton Lincoln Manor in Placerville, CA. Read more.
Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors throughout Northern California, received two MarCom Platinum awards for its No Falls League video, which has received over 100,000 views and national attention.
Eskaton was recently recognized with two awards in the nonprofit and PSA categories for its “No Falls League video,” in which members of its Fall Prevention League show their peers how to have fun while exercising and preventing falls. Read more.
May 16, 2016
Holiday blues are no myth.
The annual seasonal sadness can strike anyone, from the oldest seniors to the youngest children.
Whether it’s a child grieving the loss of a parent, grandparent or sibling, or a lonely senior with no friends or family nearby, the holidays can be isolating, saddening, wrenching.
And it’s completely normal, say mental health officials.
“The most-wonderful-time-of-year stuff is an unfortunate jingle for the season, “ said Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, based in Arlington, Va. “It sets up expectations that make people feel they’ve failed.”
“People want the holidays to have these connected, happy vibrations and it’s easy to feel short of that.” Read more.
In an effort to bridge generation gaps, Eskaton Kids Connection recently kicked off its 8th annual school year. "The program began in 2009 with one assisted living community in Carmichael," said Betsy Donovan, Chief Operating Officer of Eskaton, who started the program with her sister Bobbi Donovan, a veteran school teacher at Kohler Elementary School in the Sacramento area's Twin Rivers Unified School District. "Growing from one classroom to thirty-one in eight years is quite an accomplishment; it takes passionate people to make that happen. Getting the attention of a school district and educating them on the value takes time." Read more.
Avid readers at Eskaton Lodge Granite Bay are in store for some gangster action in October. Thanks to activities director Dina Jones, the Eskaton book club is more than reading books and discussing their themes, merits or shortcomings. After reading “When the Mob Ran Vegas,” by Steve Fischer, a book requested by resident Louise Honan, Dina added some page-turning excitement for the members of the club. Read more.
January 29, 2016
Guest Host Rafael Siegel got the chance to chat with Eskaton's Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, Christy Barry about National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Christy then had Eskaton’s Fall Prevention Team demonstrate a few workouts to show viewers a few helpful workout routines that could help prevent a dangerous slip or fall.
Eskaton also gave us a sneak peek of their fun,yet beneficial fall prevention video.
September 15, 2016
Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors throughout Northern California, releases innovative fall-prevention video just in time for the NFL season.
Eskaton’s No Falls League recently got out on the football field and recorded a video for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, coming September 22, 2016. The video, “Ready Steady Balance,” was named after the National Council on Aging’s 2016 initiative. Eskaton developed the video to highlight efforts in providing resources and programs to transform the aging experience while supporting larger efforts to reduce the number of falls. In the video, Eskaton’s Fall Prevention Team shows their peers how to have fun while exercising and prevent falls. Read more.
August 16, 2016
Eskaton, a nonprofit provider of aging services, recently hosted Aging2.0, where seven startups presented innovative products and services aimed at enhancing the lives of seniors. A panel of expert judges announced the winner, Stack Labs, which is now part of the virtual competition where people can vote online for their favorite startup until August 19, 2016. The winners of the virtual competition will advance to the final round in San Francisco on October 13, 2016. Read more.
Eskaton, a leading nonprofit provider of aging services in Northern California, recognizes the benefits of pets for seniors and welcomes companion animals in its senior living communities.
Russ, a retired Los Angeles firefighter and Korea War Veteran, lives in a cottage at Eskaton Village Placerville with Bella.
As Russ, a retired fireman, sits on the couch with his little Chiweenie Bella, a Chihuahua Dachshund mix, you can see the happiness in both of their eyes. This older pup, with a muzzle of white, came to him as a rescue after the passing of his Cocker Spaniel, Dolly. Russ’ friends and family knew he was heartbroken when he lost Dolly, so they urged him to visit the shelter. Read more.
With over 30 locations and 50 programs, Eskaton's influence spreads across the entire Northern California area, reaching seniors in all situations. From the beginning its mission has been to improve the lives of seniors through health care, housing, and social services, and it continues to do this today. Read more.
Eskaton Artists to Showcase a Lifetime of Art on June 25 in Orangevale
Ruth Duff strides around Eskaton FountainWood Lodge taking part in activities such as planting flowers and vegetables in the community’s garden. Ruth, 101 years old, has a passion for beauty. She completed 300 watercolor and acrylic paintings over the past few months, which feature bright, bold colors.
Ruth says she can’t remember when she wasn’t creating art. “I’ve always liked making things look pretty,” she says, explaining her drive to create. “Even when I make my bed, I make it look attractive.” Her talents also include sculpting bronze castings, copper etchings and silk screen.
Boie, a former Humanities and English high school teacher from San Diego County, began a career in art after watching her three-year old daughter draw a bird. Boie became interested in Mandalas and created intricate and calming designs. Later, while teaching ninth grade, she initiated an impromptu Mandala drawing session with her students. Read more.
Gloria Silott spends most days in her wheelchair, socializing very little and verbalizing only with muffled “yes” or “no” answers. Immobilized by a stroke 15 years ago, she cannot speak clearly or express herself. Typically, say staffers at Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven, she has a flat, sad affect.
That is, until the twang of country-western music pops into her iPod headset. On a recent afternoon, as the chords of Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” were belting out, Silott, 66, was beaming, bouncing her black-velcroed shoes, bobbing her head and even mouthing bits of the refrain.
“It gives her the ability to relax and connect and engage. It’s seeing the brightness in her eyes,” said Eskaton Greenhaven executive director Heather Craig, who views music as a way to calm agitated patients and return a glimmer of normalcy to their lives. Read more.
The Business Journal honored 21 companies Thursday as the healthiest employers in the Sacramento region.
The companies clearly have made it a priority to promote the health and wellness of their employees. From on-site gyms and exercise classes to healthy snacks in the break room, today’s honorees go out of their way to promote a healthy workforce. Read more.
February 18, 2016
Music has the ability to transcend language, culture, and time. Residents within Eskaton are sparking new connections using an innovative therapeutic music platform created by Southern California based company SingFit. The music-therapist-designed program is a cognitive and physical stimulation exercise created specifically to keep the mind and body engaged. Read more.
January 15, 2016
Fashion is always changing, but it's always nice to appreciate those vintage styles from an earlier time. Eskaton is partnering up with the Art Deco Society and taking recognition of the changing styles throughout the years by hosting "100 Years of Fashion". This open house will carry clothes from as early as the 1900s in celebration of the senior residences at Eskaton. View video.
December 2015When are our aging parents no longer able to care for themselves on their own? Breaking down the signs and what it means for the children. KXTV
It's a difficult discussion to have, especially when mom and dad are used to being independent and there are several siblings involved. But the holidays may be a good time to talk about it when the family is all together in one place.
Teri Tift, the Executive Director of Quality and Compliance at Eskaton says it's critical for adult children to check in on their aging parents frequently and in person, as a phone call may not be enough to assess their living conditions.
Tift says it's very important to pay attention to the signs: Watch video and read more.
Many people had never heard of Lewy body dementia until last month, when actor Robin Williams’ wife first spoke publicly about his struggle with the disease before he committed suicide in August 2014.
“Lewy body dementia killed Robin,” Susan Williams told an ABC News interviewer in early November. “It’s what took his life.”
“It can be emotionally difficult for the caregiver,” said Denise Davis, a program director with the Alzheimer’s Association and facilitator of the Lewy body dementia support group for the Sacramento area. (The group meets once a month at the Eskaton Lodge assisted-living facility in Gold River. Contact Denise Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-930-9080. Read more.
We are proud to announce that Persimmon and Tilton Shea Homes communities at The Cannery in Davis, CA, have achieved the Livable Design Seal of Approval. Livable Design is a division of Eskaton, and all Livable Design homes are built with key elements that make them inclusive, flexible, functional and convenient for all generations. The Seal of Approval signifies that each home has been thoughtfully designed with beautifully integrated features that will enhance livability through convenience and flexibility. As a resident of Persimmon or Tilton at The Cannery, you will enjoy functional home design elements that make everyday living easier, a home that welcomes all of your friends and family regardless of age or ability, and a home that is flexible to adapt to fit your lifestyle today and into the future. Livable Design’s forward-thinking concept in home building beautifully integrates long lasting functionality for your ever changing lifestyle. Read more.
October 7, 2015
Pets can bring happiness to many situations, but for seniors, the unconditional love that an animal can bring can not only provide happiness but can give seniors a sense of purpose and help with self-esteem and ease loneliness.
Eskaton is a pet friendly environment and allows in-coming residents to bring their pets to their new home within the Eskaton communities. For residents may not have pets but would like to add a four legged loved one to their home, Eskaton can make that a reality. The organization has teamed up with the Front Street Animal Shelter to create a program that benefits two legged and four legged seniors! Meagan Luevano from Eskaton along with Bobby Marin from the Front Street Animal Shelter share more about their collaboration with host Mellisa Paul. To learn more about the program and Eskaton's other services visit, eskaton.org/pets or call 1-866-eskaton. View video.
As part of an ongoing series of articles I’m calling Music Heals, I’m profiling entrepreneurs who are utilizing music to directly enhance the lives of those who are ailing.
These days, music is too often discussed only in the context of financial and business conversations. While I certainly contribute to these conversations (and find them important), what is more important is music’s ability to both transcend and provide transcendence.
Senior living is self admittedly not an early adopter digitally speaking, yet we found a great core of first customers who are actively seeking out solutions like SingFit including Aegis Senior Living, Front Porch Senior Living, Eskaton Senior Living and Five Star Senior Living. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 celebrating Mother's Day with a Garden Party. View video..
May 8, 2015
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
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
“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
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
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 9, 2015
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.
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
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, 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 8, 2014
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
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 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
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, 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, 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 (https://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 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 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
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 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.
November 5, 2013
An innovative program that connects seniors with school children has some Eskaton residents singing and “Skyping” its praises. Read more.
October 12, 2013
Finding a place where mom can thrive with a little help became easy when Eskaton Village Placerville opened its doors. The assisted-living facility’s professional, caring staff make the facility an ideal place to live. Read more.
September 19, 2013
Roebbelen Contracting, Inc. is proud to partner with Eskaton Foundation, the largest nonprofit, community-based organization in the region serving seniors. Their Philanthropic Partner Program allows businesses, like Roebbelen, to help in contributing to the improved quality of life for seniors in the community. Read more.
May 31, 2013
Smart vests, ‘granny pods’ and robot friends: is this the future for our ageing population? At Eskaton Village, in Roseville, California, which is home to 115 older people, apartments are fitted with motion sensors which respond to anomalies in residents’ regular routines. Read more.
May 17, 2013
An anthill of workers and activity bustled around the new cottages at the Placerville Eskaton Village on May 14, landscaping and finishing projects to be ready for the grand opening on Wednesday. Read more.
What does happiness look like? How would you visualize happiness if you were six, or eighty-six? Exhibition co-producers, Eskaton, a Northern California aging services provider, and ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s, set out to guide individuals through a process to identify and share what makes them happy. Read more.
April 8, 2013
Like many senior care providers, at the top of our agenda at Eskaton is the pursuit of business initiatives that enable efficiencies, cost control, and better care. For us, technology has been part of the answer. Read more.
March 5, 2013
Eskaton’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Sacramento, Fair Oaks and Carmichael ranked among the nation’s best, according to the “U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Homes 2013” ratings. Read more.