Senior housing provider finds success with smart home technology

Glendale, California-based senior housing provider Front Porch recently wrapped a pilot program involving Amazon.com’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) Echo device and various “smart home” technologies at Carlsbad by the Sea, a Front Porch continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Carlsbad, California. Front Porch manages and operates 11 full-service retirement communities throughout the Golden State, according to Senior Housing News.

It’s believed that voice technology can both help seniors age in place longer and collect valuable health data—though there are some obstacles that stand in the way of voice technology’s widespread adoption. Front Porch’s pilot is one of the first to quantify just how quickly seniors can embrace the technology, as well as benefit from it.

After the pilot’s completion, 100% of the residents who participated reported that the Echo’s “voice-first” technology component—Alexa—made their lives easier, and another 75% said that they used Alexa to control devices like smart thermostats and lighting systems in their units at least once per day.

Read the full story at Senior Housing News.


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