[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 […]

Amazon Announces HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills, Opening Possibilities for Senior Living

The HIPAA era for Amazon’s Alexa has arrived, opening new possibilities for how senior living providers and residents might utilize the voice technology. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) launched Alexa’s secure medical skill kit Thursday. Through the new kit, select entities are allowed to build Alexa skills that securely send and receive protected patient health information. So […]

Kisco Senior Living Goes Big on Voice-Activated Smart Home Tech

The senior living smart home revolution is in full swing, and Kisco Senior Living is buying in with Amazon’s Alexa. Starting with a kickoff event last month, Kisco has been installing Amazon Echo Dot voice systems with Alexa in all 165 independent living (IL) units in its continuing care retirement community (CCRC) The Cardinal at […]

Top Senior Housing News Stories of 2018

For the second year in a row, Jimmy Buffett reigns supreme. The most-read article on Senior Housing News in 2018 was a news story about plans for a third Margaritaville active adult community. Last year, the most-read article was about plans for the first Margaritaville development. The sustained interest in these projects suggests that senior […]

Why Amazon’s HQ2 Cities Could See Senior Housing Boost

It’s official: after a 13-month search process, Amazon announced today it will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in Queens, New York and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Amazon will invest $5 billion to create 50,000 new jobs between the two cities. Additionally, the e-commerce giant will open a new Operations Center of […]