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.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2019Music Partners in Health musician, Elizabeth Proett, plays the harp for Patricia Cavallini at Eskaton Care Center in Fair Oaks on Dec. 4, 2018. Carmichael’s Eskaton is again growing its footprint in the San Francisco Bay Area as the nonprofit senior care company girds for competition with rapidly expanding businesses with billion-dollar balance sheets. AUTUMN PAYNE APAYNE@SACBEE.COM
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. Read more.
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.
December 3, 2018
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. Read more.
November 30, 2018
Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Eskaton is a 2018 award winner for senior living communities in California!
Whether you or your loved one is looking for assisted living, memory care or independent living, look no further than Eskaton.
Eskaton has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 4.82 stars, an incredible Rating Score™ of 95.21 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 senior living communities in California! Read more.
November 13, 2018
Caring.com 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 a scale of 1 to 5; must have received three or more reviews between Oct. 15, 2017, and Oct. 15, 2018, including at least one review that was posted during 2018 and at least one that had a five-star rating; and must have responded to every negative (1-star or 2-star) review they received on their listing. Read more.
November 1, 2018
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.
“It’s a paradigm shift on how we look at aging,” said Todd Murch, President and CEO of Eskaton, which was recently recognized by LeadingAge California for best practices, innovation and advocacy. “We are trying to develop an appreciation for longevity, wisdom, and a reverence for aging. It’s about finding enjoyment in life and an acceptance of where we are in life, and how wonderful life can be.”
As one ages, wisdom, compassion and empathy grow, which makes it easier to relate to others. Read more.
October 24, 2018
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.
“For more than 20 years, PACE has been the core of our business,” said InnovAge CEO and President Maureen Hewitt. “Our passion and mission at InnovAge is to provide services to the most vulnerable seniors to help them age in their own homes with dignity. We look forward to collaborating with Adventist Health and Eskaton to bring PACE services to seniors in the Sacramento area, and we are excited to work with Adventist Health to reach more seniors throughout the state of California.” Read more.
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.
"We as volunteers are giving back but what we get back is tenfold what we give," Staydohar said. Read more and watch news video.
September 7, 2018
Recent studies show that loneliness and isolation are leading contributors to decline, both mentally and physically, in seniors. As one study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco found, thoes age 60 and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45 percent increase in their risk of death, while isolated respondents had a 59 percent greater risk of mental and physical decline than their more social counterparts. However, one senior care facility in Sacramento offers a program which provides critical socialization services, enabling seniors to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Read more.
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. "Social connections formed between volunteers and the 700 Telephone Reassurance participants go a long way to reduce health risks and bring peace of mind to seniors and their family members."
To date, Eskaton volunteers have made more than 1.6 million phone calls. Read more.
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. Read more.
July 23, 2018
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.
July 2, 2018
"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.
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.
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.