Lighthouse for Older Adults

“Lighthouse for Older Adults,” a CITRIS and University of California Initiative, Brings Technology-Enabled Health and Well-Being to Low-Income California Seniors During COVID Crisis

“Lighthouse for Older Adults,” a CITRIS and University of California Initiative, Brings Technology-Enabled Health and Well-Being to Low-Income California Seniors During COVID Crisis

The program pilot at two affordable housing communities aims to improve older adult health and well-being. Read the press release >

About Lighthouse for Older Adults

Lighthouse for Older Adults is a public-private partnership to support low-income older adults living in affordable housing communities by providing access to internet and telehealth services. Older adults are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, and those living in affordable housing communities are especially vulnerable due partly to limited access to information, connection, and health care services. Led by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS) and University of California researchers, Lighthouse will introduce internet and telehealth technology and provide peer-led digital literacy trainings for low-income older adults. In partnership with affordable housing providers, technology distributors, and NGOs, Lighthouse will pilot its innovative program in two affordable housing communities in Northern and Southern California, with the goal of applying lessons learned and replicating the program statewide and nationally. 

About Healthy Aging in a Digital World at UC Davis

Healthy Aging in a Digital World is an interdisciplinary research program dedicated to using innovative technology to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers. Our team works directly with local communities to understand the day-to-day challenges of growing older and to explore user-friendly ways to apply cutting edge technology to promote healthy aging. The program’s mission is to make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of older adults in Northern California and around the world.

About Eskaton

Eskaton has been serving older adults in Northern California since 1968. As a nonprofit senior living provider, Eskaton’s mission is to enhance the lives of older adults through innovative health, housing and social services. With five decades of experience and a national reputation for innovation, Eskaton is Transforming the Aging Experience. For more information, please call 1-866-ESKATON, or visit eskaton.org.

About Front Porch and the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing

Front Porch is a not-for-profit organization based in Glendale, Calif., serving individuals and families through full-service retirement, active adult, and affordable housing communities. Founded in 1999, Front Porch embraces a leading-edge approach to enhancing well-being with innovative communities and programs like the Front Porch Center For Innovation & Wellbeing, that meet the changing needs of people as they age. Learn more at www.frontporch.net and www.fpciw.org.

About the Center for Connected Health Policy

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center and a recognized authority of national and state telehealth policy.  CCHP was founded in 2008 as a California telehealth policy organization as a program under the Public Health Institute (PHI) and still maintains deep ties and projects related specifically to California issues. CCHP is dedicated to integrating telehealth virtual technologies into the health care system through advancing sound policy based on objective research and informed practices. CCHP has developed some of the most recognized and utilized telehealth resources in the country that are relied upon by federal and state lawmakers, researchers, health systems, providers, national organizations, and many others.

For more information about the Lighthouse for Older Adults project, contact communications@citris-uc.org.

Partners

Lighthouse for Older Adults is a public-private partnership to support older adults living in affordable housing communities by providing access to internet and telehealth services:

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute leverage the research strengths of University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz, and operate within the greater ecosystem of the University and the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley. The institute was created by the California state legislature to shorten the pipeline between world-class laboratory research and the development of applications, platforms, companies, and even new industries. CITRIS and the Banatao Institute facilitate interdisciplinary work among hundreds of University of California faculty members, students, corporate partners, and international institutions. Together with these public and private partners, we are shaping the future of technology in ways that cross traditional boundaries.

Eskaton

Eskaton has been serving older adults in Northern California since 1968. As a nonprofit senior living provider, our mission is to enhance the lives of older adults through innovative health, housing, and social services. With five decades of experience and a national reputation for innovation, Eskaton is Transforming the Aging Experience. For more information, please call 1-866-ESKATON, or visit eskaton.org.

Front Porch

Front Porch is a not-for-profit organization based in Glendale, California, serving individuals and families through full-service retirement, active adult, and affordable housing communities. Front Porch retirement communities offer options ranging from independent living to skilled care, including assisted living and memory care. Front Porch holds an A credit rating from FitchRatings and an A- credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. Founded in 1999, Front Porch embraces a leading-edge approach to enhancing well-being with innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of people as they age. 

The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCIW) is part of Front Porch, and pilots innovative solutions to solve real-world problems and meet the needs of older adults. Learn about FPCIW’s work by reading its impact stories. The FPCIW is the signature program of Humanly Possible®, Front Porch’s commitment to cause-based innovation and dedication to doing everything humanly possible to creatively meet needs now and in the future. For more information, visit www.fpciw.org.

Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP)

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center and a recognized authority of national and state telehealth policy. CCHP was founded in 2008 as a California telehealth policy organization as a program under the Public Health Institute (PHI) and still maintains deep ties and projects related specifically to California issues. CCHP is dedicated to integrating telehealth virtual technologies into the health care system through advancing sound policy based on objective research and informed practices. CCHP has developed some of the most recognized and utilized telehealth resources in the country, including include a bi-annually updated 50 State compendium of telehealth Medicaid policies, laws, and regulations, a Medicare telehealth billing guide, fact sheets, analyses, and research papers, that are relied upon by federal and state lawmakers, researchers, health systems, providers, national organizations, and many others.

CDW Healthcare

CDW Healthcare is a leading provider of technology solutions focused exclusively on serving the healthcare marketplace. Working closely with more than 15,000 healthcare organizations nationwide, the dedicated healthcare team leverages the expertise of CDW technology specialists and engineers to deliver best-in-class solutions from data center infrastructure through the point of patient care. The company’s technology specialists and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. For more information, visit CDW.com/healthcare.

Decimal Health

Decimal.health creates and implements strategy for digital health companies to launch and grow their business and maximize their impact on helping people live their healthiest lives. Decimal.health strongly advocates for its end users, and believes in radical innovations within the constraints of the healthcare delivery system. Dr. Jethwani led digital innovation for a large integrated provider network in Massachusetts before launching Decimal.health in early 2020. The team brings several decades of experience in digital health product design and launch, as well as deep clinical research and regulatory experience.