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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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community is again this year, sponsoring the Walk To End Alzheimer’s.  Along with the financial commitment of sponsoring this event, Thorne Crest also has a team raising funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

This year’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s will take place on September 14that Frank Hall Park, 712 Frank Avenue, Albert Lea, MN. Registration will begin at 9AM. The opening ceremony will begin at 10AM with the walk following, at 10:20AM.

Each year, more than 500,000 people come together in over 600 communities to advance the fight against the disease.  Thorne Crest, along with Amanda Weiss Irvine and her family are responsible for bringing this walk to Albert Lea.

This year’s honorary family is the Jimenez family. They are walking to honor Jesse Ronald Jimenez.  Jesse was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2005.  He was his family’s rock and the voice of reason, but at the age of 78, after a fourteen year fight, Jesse lost his battle with Alzheimer’s.

Family members are welcomed to join Thorne Crest Tangles team or even make a donation to the team if you are unable to participate.

You can register to join our team or make a donation by going to:  www.alz.org/walk

Then, click on “find a team.”  Enter the team name “Thorne Crest” and select “Thorne Crest Tangles.”

Thanks to the many staff and family members who volunteer for this event and participate in the walk.

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Thorne Crest parent company ABHM is partnering with senior living technology provider Eversound to bring wireless headphone system into all of our communities across six states. This new technology is a headphone system that enables our residents to enjoy a level of hearing they may not have had in years. Click here for a complete news story on this exciting new technology.

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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community will be holding a free presentation by Kimberly Alwin, owner of A Smooth Move, on Thursday, April 26 at 2pm, at the community. The presentation, titled “Rightsizing: What You Must Know Before You Move,” will be a fun and interactive presentation that tackles how to plan for a move and “Rightsize” your precious belongings.

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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community has been named amongst the “Best Nursing Homes in the Nation” by U.S. News and World Report, “Large Business of the Year” by the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, and given a 5-Star-Rating from the government-based Center for Medicare and Medicaid.

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Thorne Crest is excited to announce the opening of our NEW Memory Care wing to enhance the services available to residents, families and the seniors in the Albert Lea area.

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