The Communities That Shine Awards recognize forward-thinking senior living communities that use iN2L’s engagement technology to provide the best experience to residents and staff and to stand out in their market. See below for past winning communities.
Port St. Lucie, FL
“The iN2L tablets came into our community at a very difficult time for our residents. COVID limited their connection to their loved ones, and to each other. With iN2L tablets, we were able to keep those connections alive, as our residents were able to keep in touch with their family and friends daily. We are very happy to be chosen as one of iN2L’s Communities That Shine. Thank you!”
— Sherry Vadnais, Bridge to Rediscovery Director, The Palms of St. Lucie West
After receiving several iN2L tablets, the staff at The Palms of St. Lucie West set about finding creative ways of leveraging the devices to ensure residents stayed engaged and connected during the ongoing pandemic. As a result of this focus on individualized engagement, staff have been more able to connect on a personalized level with each resident and foster well-being.
Individual personalized engagement activities, virtual social connection, fostering staff-resident bonds, group activity support.
“I am exceedingly honored to receive this recognition on my team’s behalf. I want to thank those who create and continue to improve this technology. I wholeheartedly appreciate this iN2L competition for acknowledging our efforts to engage and improve the lives of our seniors.”
— Heather Engle, Life Enrichment Manager, The Forum at Rancho San Antonio
With iN2L systems and digital content in regular use throughout all levels of care in the community, The Forum at Rancho San Antonio is well-versed in the power of technology to fuel connections among residents and caregivers. The team reports that less staff preparation time is required to facilitate enriching and engaging experiences that appeal to everyone.
Group and individual engagement, memory care support, virtual experiences.
“We’re so thankful to have iN2L at Ohio Living Breckenridge Village, and at several other Ohio Living life plan communities throughout the state. Engagement with iN2L has remarkable effects on residents’ physical, mental and social well-being, and the value iN2L has brought to our campuses is immeasurable.”
— Laurence C. Gumina, Chief Executive Officer, Ohio Living Breckenridge Village
Whether using iN2L with individual residents, small groups, or larger groups, the team at Ohio Living Breckenridge Village consistently provides experiences that tap into residents’ interests and sense of purpose, creating a sense of empowerment. These stimulating opportunities to be involved in activities that spark their interest have created deeper connections and a sense of community among residents and staff alike.
Small group experiences tailored to resident interests, individual experiences to foster autonomy, engaging group activities to build camaraderie.
Los Angeles, CA
“Pilgrim Tower staff and Residents would like to give our thanks for iN2L! The Residents are very happy to use it in helping them to connect with others and helping them to stay engaged with activities. It’s an honor being a winning community!”
— Adrian Clark, Resident Service Coordinator; Susan Aureus, Administrator; and Shinnae Sung, Resident Service Coordinator, Pilgrim Tower Apartments
Since many Pilgrim Towers residents do not own their own connective technology devices, utilizing iN2L to stay connected to loved ones and support virtual Connected Wellness sessions has ensured engagement continuity during times of social isolation. Using iN2L’s digital content has enabled residents to connect to areas of interest and provide on-ramps to lively group discussions and interactions.
Facilitating virtual events to support well-being, sparking conversations among residents, providing personalized engagement opportunities for groups.
“During COVID, the iN2L systems have allowed us to reach beyond the stars and engage residents with tools to support and encourage healthy, happy, and calm emotional well-being during a critical time in LTC today. We are so grateful to have our iN2L systems, and it is an honor to win a Communities That Shine award!”
— Tiffany Kline, Activities Director, Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
As the staff at Claremont can attest, COVID has challenged activities programming in nursing homes. With the help of iN2L, the community’s residents were given person-centered opportunities to ignite their purpose with meaningful activities and experiences, helping provide consistency and calm in a time of uncertainty.
Supporting individual engagement during social distancing, creating connection for group engagement, supporting staff in deeper knowing of residents.
“Community grants enabled Bethany Care Society to invest in iN2L across all of our sites in 2020. It’s hard to imagine being able to innovate in the midst of a global pandemic, but iN2L has given us the ability to do so. We’ve used it to connect families from across the world, decrease social isolation for our care centre residents and tenants at our independent housing sites, and expand our therapeutic uses of the touch screen technology. We’re proud to be super users of iN2L in Canada.”
— Jennifer McCue, President & CEO, Bethany Care Society
Bethany developed unique training plans to address intended use across their interdisciplinary care teams, each finding great success in using the iN2L systems to support residents’ care goals. This focused training is coupled with further development of tools and knowledge frameworks to help care teams use iN2L in individual therapy plans for residents.
Group and individual engagement, memory care support, staff training, religious services, therapy enhancement, virtual social connections.
“We love iN2L, and we use it for everything…Our board supports us and has made sure we keep getting more systems.”
— Sharon D’Angio, Director of Donor Services and PR, Seashore Gardens and Living Center
With an enterprise approach to engagement technology already in place, Seashore Gardens Living Center was prepared to provide social connections and purposeful engagement to residents during the pandemic. They also found innovative ways to use iN2L for staff training.
Telehealth, staff training, religious services, virtual social connections (such as birthday celebrations and Zoom funerals), and intergenerational programs.
Baton Rouge, LA
“iN2L is the component that makes our virtual program work so well. And our clients enjoy it so much. It is a no-brainer that we invest in a solution that really makes life better for our clients.”
— Barbara Auten, Executive Director, Charlie’s Place Respite & Activity Center
After the Louisiana Department of Health shuttered adult daycare facilities in mid-March 2020, Charlie’s Place leveraged iN2L to launch virtual and mobile programming that would meet their clients’ needs and provide respite to family caregivers during safe home visits. As a result of teamwork and innovation, the organization provides the enrichment clients need while attracting prospects, who are able to sample the virtual programming.
Virtual programming, person-centered engagement, marketing, and community outreach.
Shelby Township, MI
“We have seen residents that would normally not participate in our activities using the iN2L equipment and engaging in the activity with a smile…Our staff embraces the opportunity to use the equipment with the residents to increase their quality of life and work towards our goal of reducing our falls. iN2L has given our community the opportunity to focus on our residents’ individualized interests and engage them in a way that we otherwise could not.”
—Lia Avery, Program Director, Shelby Health & Rehabilitation Center
Shelby Health & Rehabilitation Center purchased iN2L systems in 2020 and saw immediate improvements in patient socialization, engagement, and wellness. Staff uses iN2L across the spectrum of care to provide greater opportunities for purposeful engagement that increase resident participation, reduce anxiety and agitation, and build camaraderie.
Resident engagement, therapy, and social connections.
“Sunabella at Savannah is honored to be recognized with this award. It has been a very challenging time, and this award reassures our team that what we do every day is making a difference. With such a valuable tool as the iN2L assisting us, we are bringing joy and staving off isolation among our residents. We are so very grateful!”
— Joyce Crowder-McBride, Executive Director, Sunabella at Savannah
Responding quickly to the pandemic’s disruption, Sunabella at Savannah leveraged iN2L content and touch screen systems to provide programming that rivaled the enrichment opportunities residents had enjoyed before March 2020. To deliver the person-centered engagement elders need to thrive, the community makes resident enrichment everyone’s responsibility.
Resident engagement and team member development.
“Our Cottage Program Manager Linda Edwards’ commitment to the full use of the iN2L platform has improved the quality of life for our residents living with the effects of dementia. This commitment and energy have been spread to our caregivers, who are always looking for ways to make meaningful connections with our seniors. Our iN2L use has always been a huge benefit, but during our Covid-19 experience, it has proven invaluable…in the right hands!”
— Matthew Hartwick, Executive Director, Spring Arbor Senior Living
Spring Arbor of Richmond stands out for enhancing memory care by integrating iN2L systems into many aspects of community operations—from resident enrichment and therapy to marketing and staff development. Their effective use of iN2L for group programming, 1:1 engagement, family interaction, video chatting, virtual exercise sessions, and end-of-life transitional support sets a new standard of quality for resident life.
Resident engagement, staff development, marketing, therapy, and social connection.
“iN2L has been a fantastic care partner with us over the years…We were thrilled when we learned about accessing and using the iN2L tablets to facilitate communication between our quarantined residents and their families and friends out in the communities!! The iN2L tablets have helped us keep everyone safe, involved, and connected which has been our goal throughout the pandemic.”
— Carmen Vitton, Chief Operating Officer, Rehab Synergies
Advanced Healthcare and Rehabilitation of Athens shines by focusing on residents’ interests and preferences to create the quality, personally relevant experience they deserve. Staff works as a team and involves residents’ family members to make each elder feel at home.
Resident engagement, staff development, marketing, therapy, and social connection.