Amazon Hires Senior Living Veteran Baik for Alexa Smart Properties Team

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has hired Ginna Baik as senior business development manager for senior living. With the hire, Amazon brings on board someone with deep experience in senior living to help drive the Alexa Smart Properties business, focused on deploying Alexa-enabled voice technology at scale. “I have been focused on senior living and technology for […]

Amazon’s Latest Moves Toward Senior Care Disruption

Three news items recently focused my attention on perhaps the biggest potential disruptor of senior living in the coming years: Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).  Here’s what the Seattle-based company has been up to lately: With regard to occupancy, top operational executives see two emerging trends that give them hope for the future: the growing rate of […]

1,400 Amazon Echo Show Devices Set For Delivery to NC Assisted Living Centers

More than 1,400 Amazon Echo Show devices will be distributed to assisted living communities across North Carolina by the end of this month, at no cost to providers. That’s thanks to efforts made by the North Carolina Assisted Living Association (NCALA) and senior living-focused technology platform K4Connect. The association and K4Connect have worked together for […]

‘Amazon Effect’ on Senior Living Grows With Care Hub Launch, Alexa for Hospitality Tools

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) is continuing its push into the older adult market with the launch of an Alexa app called Care Hub, as well new tools recently made available via Alexa for Hospitality. These developments are notable for senior living providers because they offer some new capabilities for Echo devices deployed in communities, and show […]

Retail Giant Muji Joins Prefab Senior Housing Trend

Muji is joining the ranks of companies, including IKEA, looking to meet the demand for affordable senior housing through prefabrication. Based in Japan, Muji has grown from a retailer of home goods to an internationally recognized brand with more than 500 stores in urban centers such as New York City, where it also offers products […]

[Sponsored] Smart Voice Solutions for Senior Living: Resident-Focused and Natural Interaction

Senior living’s embrace of the hospitality ethos is well known, as is its work with smart technology and the creation of smart units, and even smart communities. A new tech rollout at a senior living community in Kalamazoo, Michigan, reveals a successful combination of the two. Friendship Village Senior Living recently launched Caremerge Voice, a […]

Aegis CEO: Boring Designs, Lackluster Leadership Plague Senior Housing

Dull building designs have become too commonplace in senior living, according to Dwayne Clark, CEO of Bellevue, Washington-based Aegis Living. “Assisted living, retirement homes, independent living, I think we’ve been quite boring with our design,” Clark said during a recent appearance on the Senior Housing News podcast, Transform. “People want a little entertainment in their […]

Inside Kisco’s Rollout of Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Technology

Kisco Senior Living is bringing voice-enabled smart home technology to its communities, in a bid to gain operational and financial efficiencies while enhancing resident and family satisfaction. Carlsbad, California-based Kisco joins a few other senior living providers that are implementing smart home technology and introducing Amazon Echo devices into units — and the trend is […]