Parker At Stonegate Awarded Innovation Excellence From LeadingAge NJ For Use Of Amazon Echo To Engage Residents
Parker at Stonegate Assisted Living was recently recognized for its use of technologies to provide innovative care and services to seniors living with them from LeadingAge NJ. The award-winning home recognized the potential role voice-controlled devices/smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo could have on the lives of residents and launched a pilot in the spring of 2018. The work continues with expansion to more residents in 2020.
“A goal of the program was to enhance quality of life for our residents by increasing their engagement and decreasing isolation when possible,” said Judy Collett-Miller, Parker Director of Technology Innovation. “It’s been very successful with a majority of those who used the technology reporting that it has made a difference in their lives.”
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Using Amazon Echo, paired with a ParkerLife skill, residents at Stonegate can access information about our programs and services including menus and activities and using Alexa they can access music, news, audio books and much more. There have been some unintended uses as well, as one resident with a speech difficulty reported that they use Alexa as a speech therapist as it makes them “enunciate and speak more clearly”.
“At Parker we are always thinking of new ways to engage and support our residents. We feel technology plays a very significant role here,” says Beth Sparling, Parker Chief Operations Officer.
The initial pilot included 15+ residents and we are expanding the use to all residents who are interested in 2020.