Assisted Living – United Church Homes2018-10-16T13:05:02+00:00

United Church Homes

Improving hearing loss, increasing engagement, and enhancing quality of life

Success Story
The faith-based nonprofit for senior living uses Eversound for nearly all of its activities and programs,
successfully increasing engagement and reducing the negative effects of hearing loss.

Their Story

“Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors

United Church Homes is a faith-based nonprofit for senior living that serves nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths throughout 14 states and two Native American nations.

United Church Homes has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century and prides itself on being an early adopter of innovative technologies that enable residents to enjoy more independence and engagement.

United Church Homes and Eversound
Their Goal

Enhancing meaningful engagement

United Church Homes wanted a simpler, more affordable, and effective solution for hearing loss that could be used in addition to or in place of hearing aids to eliminate background noise and enhance meaningful engagement.

They also wanted to improve upon their innovative programming, which includes Opening Minds Through Art (OMA), Music and Memory, robotic animals, and their dementia education program.

Their Solution

Implementing new and affordable technology

United Church Homes started a trial of the Eversound system at its Trinity community in Beavercreek, OH after they first learned about Eversound at a LeadingAge national conference.

Staff tested Eversound with a number of residents during various activities including bingo, movie nights, and one-on-one conversations. At their Fairhaven community, the system was used for chapel services, hymns, and games.

Employees were trained on how to use the system and ways in which the technology could be used to facilitate engagement. The system was also presented at their leadership meeting to ensure that staff understood what residents would experience and to gain a better understanding of how the system could be utilized.

After testing Eversound in several communities, staff mentioned that residents were continually asking when they would get their headphones and want to use them during every activity. The trial eventually led to a rollout of Eversound to all of United Church Homes’ assisted living and memory care locations.

Eversound headphone controls
Their success

Powerful outcomes

The staff observed immediate results with a number of residents on day one of the Eversound trial. Residents started engaging and participating in activities more than before.

One resident with long-term hearing loss was suddenly able to hear and interact with others. The residents’ son had tried everything over the years to help his mother communicate, from seeing several doctors to using hearings aids. Using Eversound’s microphone and headphones, she was able to connect with her doctor.

“This is amazing,” the resident said, “I can hear and communicate with you!”

We use Eversound for every group activity quite honestly . . . It brings residents joy and helps keep them comfortable, especially if they’re living with dementia.

Amy Kotterman
Director of Hospitality Services,
United Church Homes
I sometimes miss things when I have conversation with people, but when I wear Eversound, I hear everything.

United Church Homes
It’s amazing to see the transformation of someone’s face when they can suddenly hear better – their eyes light up. It’s meaningful to them.

Amy Kotterman
Director of Hospitality Services,
United Church Homes

Attract new residents & enhance life at your community

  • Increase participation and engagement in resident activities
  • Improve communication for residents with staff and family members
  • Increase resident attendance in assisted living programming events

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