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December 2019

NBC affiliate KTTC out of Rochester, MN recently recognized Thorne Crest Senior Living for winning McKnight’s 2019 Excellence in Technology Award. The story aired during the 6PM newscast on 12/20/19. Sales and Marketing Director, Catherine Buboltz and Wellness Director, Leah Atz explain the positive effects utilizing technology has had on their residents.  Thorne Crest residents, Tom and Pat Benson, talk about their experience using the Rendever Virtual Reality System.


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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea, MN is honored to receive the bronze award in McKnight’s 2019 Excellence in Technology Awards.  Thorne Crest was selected over other senior living communities across the nation for their innovative practices in harnessing technology to improve the lives of senior residents through activities and interaction.

Utilization of the following technological programs have led to Thorne Crests success when engaging residents:

Eversound Wireless Headphone System has helped to mitigate the effects of hearing loss and end social isolation with residents experiencing hearing impairments.  The headphones can be connected to any audio source, including A/V systems, television and music player devises.

It’s Never Too Late (IN2L) is a portable computer experience that can launch hundreds of applications for recreation, social connection, memory care engagement and therapy purposes.  Activities can be adapted to each resident’s unique abilities and interests.  There are thousands of choices for both group and one-on-one activities.

Rendever Virtual Reality Platform helps to overcome social isolation through the power of shared experiences. Residents can travel to all corners of the world and explore a variety of content.  The experience is very powerful, particularly among seniors experiencing cognitive decline, impaired vision or mobility restrictions.  When the virtual reality experience is utilized in a group setting residents share stories and deepen their connections with one another and with staff.

Thorne Crest continues to seek out innovative ways to use technology to further enhance the lives of their residents.


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