“Having Amazon enable ‘fleet management’ of the Echo Show is a game-changer in the lives of seniors,” said Atria CTO Chris Nall. “We’re thrilled to have this tool that empowers residents without complicated equipment or confusing interfaces. For most people, there’s nothing easier than just asking Alexa what you want and making it happen. .”
At launch, residents of Cathedral Hill will be able to use Echo Shows to ask Alexa for help with all sorts of things just by using their voice:
- Adjust lights, blinds and thermostats.
- Make phone and video calls to friends and family.
- Find out what’s on the restaurant’s menu and the calendar of events.
- Call community staff and neighbors.
For their part, Cathedral Hill staff can also send messages to residents’ rooms – as voice messages that Alexa reads aloud or as visual cards that appear on the screen of Echo Show devices. These can be reminders of community events or important newsletters.
“Voice assistants are used by more than 60 million Americans, including seniors,” Nall added. “We’re enhancing Amazon’s Alexa with special skills that radically improve the resident experience.”
Atria also uses voice to apply more security measures. For example, Aiva is a complement to an emergency call system comprising portable devices and security push buttons. If a resident falls too far from these devices, they can use Alexa to call staff for help. And in the event of storms or earthquakes, staff will be able to broadcast messages and (in the future) turn on lights throughout the community.
“Virtual assistants create such an immediate connection between people,” said Sumeet Bhatia, Founder and CEO of Aiva. “It really helps residents increase social interactions within their community and with friends and family outside.”
Echo Show devices also include most standard Alexa features, including access to information such as weather or sports scores, and entertainment such as music and news, games, podcasts, relaxing sounds , etc Alexa’s conversational qualities can provide companionship, with some senior residents calling her a “friend” or “roommate.”
On Atria Senior Living:
Atria Senior Living is a leading operator of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Supportive Living and Memory Care communities in over 400 locations in 45 states and seven Canadian provinces. With the addition of Holiday Retirement to its portfolio in 2021, Atria is now the residence of choice for over 43,000 seniors and the workplace of choice for over 17,000 employees. Atria creates vibrant communities where older adults can thrive and participate, know their contributions are valued, and have access to opportunities and support that help them continue to make a positive difference in our world. Atria operates seven distinct brands of retirement homes: Coterie, a luxury brand in joint venture with related companies, Atria Signature, Atria Senior Living, Atria Park, Holiday Retreat, Atria Retreat and Gladwell. Atria’s subsidiary, Glennis Solutions, is the only fully integrated cloud-based software suite specifically designed to serve the senior housing industry.
For more information about Atria, visit AtriaSeniorLiving.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For career opportunities and more information about working at Atria, visit AtriaCareers.com. For more information about Glennis Solutions, visit GlennisSolutions.com. For more information on the Holiday Retreat, visit HolidaySeniorLiving.com.
Aiva is the voice operating system for better care. Our secure enterprise platform uses voice assistants like Amazon Alexa to empower patients and seniors throughout their care journey. They benefit from more entertainment options, better control of their environment and instant two-way communication with their healthcare team. Aiva Voice enables existing systems in areas such as restaurant menus, event calendars, health records, maintenance orders, clinical communications, patient engagement, electronic health records and management buildings. The company is based in Los Angeles. Investors include Alexa Fund, Google Assistant Investment Program, Act One Ventures, Mucker Capital, Techstars and Cedars-Sinai Accelerator. For more information, visit www.aivahealth.com.
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