08 October 2019

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. today congratulated residents at its Canyon Lakes Community in Kennewick, Washington, for winning a 2019 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Award from McKnight’s Senior Living. The weekly news broadcast created by the community, “This Week at Canyon Lakes,” earned them a Gold Award in the Activities category.

The seniors at Brookdale Canyon Lakes run a well-oiled news show. Every week, a production meeting is scheduled where stories are pitched, assigned and scheduled for recording. The majority of interviews are recorded in the middle of the week, while the rest of special coverage is recorded through the rest of the week. The work is all done by the residents, with just a little bit of editing assistance from staff.

The news stories are always available on the community’s Facebook and Vimeo pages. Residents can view it on an in-house television channel in their own apartments.

The annual competition recognizes providers that convey how technology has improved care and operations in their organizations. The competition features two tracks, one for senior living and one for skilled nursing. The senior living track includes six categories: quality, high-tech/high-touch, innovator of the year, Keep it Super Simple, Safety and Activities.

“We’re thrilled that McKnight’s has recognized our residents’ engagement with technology,” said Sara Terry, senior vice president of Resident Family Engagement and Experience. “Our residents benefit from using these various forms of technology, it provides purposeful engagement and is an encouragement to all that your ability to learn a new skillset never ends.”

Brookdale will receive this award at the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living Convention which will be held October 13-16 in Orlando, Florida.  

Pictured below is Juliet Holt Klinger, senior director of dementia care programming, accepting the award from McKnight's at the AHCA/NCAL Convention. 

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