Eskaton Becomes First California Provider to Offer Alexa to All Residents

CAST | May 16, 2019 | by Donna Childress

Eskaton Village Roseville partnered with K4Connect to reach 100 assisted living residents.

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.

Sheri Peifer, chief strategy officer at Eskaton, told CBS13 in Sacramento that residents had asked for voice-controlled home automation. 

Eskaton saw value in providing voice-first technology to all residents, including those living with dementia. “Eskaton believes in creating adaptive living environments that empower the independence and well-being of all residents regardless of age and ability,” Peifer said. Eskaton believes that human support supplemented with artificial intelligence can enrich anyone's life. 

In a news release, Eskaton said it plans to implement the Amazon voice solution across its residential living communities after establishing best practices from the initial roll out.