One of the lessons of the pandemic is how important technology can be in senior living. 

Telehealth use was increased to help keep residents safe in their communities while enabling them to meet with health professionals to maintain their health. Tablet computers proliferated to allow residents to keep in touch with their families while in-person visits weren’t possible. And those are just two of many examples.

If your community used tech during this past year — simple or advanced — to improve services, care or operations, we want you to be recognized for those efforts. Enter the 2021 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards. The deadline is May 25, and the only cost for you to enter is your time.

The annual contest is a joint program of McKnight’s Senior Living and our sister McKnight’s Long-Term Care News as well as our newest sibling, McKnight’s Home Care.

Senior Living is one of three tracks in which winners will be recognized (Skilled Nursing and Home Care are the others). All providers are eligible. Each track will have four categories, with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards being presented in each category as warranted:

  1. Quality – Winning entries will describe the technology involved and how it was applied to improve the quality of care or services.
  2. Innovator of the Year – Winning entries will describe how technological innovation was key to the entry’s success and how it made a difference in the provision of care or services or the bottom line.
  3. KISS (Keep It Super Simple) – Winning entries will describe a simple but effective application of technology that improved the provision of care, services or operations.
  4. Building Bridges – Winning entries will describe the ways in which an operator is using technology to improve connections between staff members and residents and/or their families.

Nominations will be judged by a panel of experts. The awards program is open to care/service providers only (not vendors).

This year, the awards program will be part of the new, virtual McKnight’s Tech Awards + Summit on Aug. 25 and 26. The accompanying summit will offer webinars during which attendees will be able to earn continuing education credits. Stay tuned for additional information on that new event.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for inspiration for your entry, check out last year’s Senior Living track winners here.

And for additional information on this year’s contest, and to enter, visit