Brooksby Village rolls out digital app

New platform connects residents to community life

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May 23rd, 2019
Brooksby Village launched the My Erickson app in August 2018 to help community members stay connected and informed.

Brooksby Village launched the My Erickson app in August 2018 to help community members stay connected and informed.

People who live at Brooksby Village now have one more way to stay connected.

The Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass., launched a new app, My Erickson, in August 2018.

Available for download on iTunes and Google Play, residents can access the free app on mobile phones, tablets, laptops, or personal computers.

“We have 250 residents already using the My Erickson app and more signing up every week,” says Executive Assistant Karen Carideo. “The app is a great way for residents to see what’s happening around Brooksby.”

Using the My Erickson app, community members can access their meal plan balance, dining menus and specials, resident and staff directories, campus newsletters, the calendar of events, and more.

Information is grouped into icons on the My Erickson home screen, allowing for ease of use and intuitive navigation.

“We’re adding icons to the home screen on an ongoing basis,” says Marisa Delorenzo, operations project manager for Erickson Living. “In recent months, we’ve added a Resident Resources icon, an Embrace Wellness icon, and a Patient Portal icon, which links directly to their patient portal account in the medical center.”

Delorenzo says a pilot program is underway at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md., to integrate Amazon’s Alexa into the app’s usage, allowing for voice-activated commands.

Information at your fingertips

John Evans was one of the first residents to download the My Erickson app. Now, he serves as a volunteer trainer, helping peers sign up and navigate the app.

“One of the advantages of having the app on my phone is the ability to access information when I’m out and about,” says John. “If my wife and I want to see what’s being served at different restaurants on campus, we can pull up menus on the spot.”

John and his wife Sue also use the resident directory to stay connected with neighbors.

“The resident directory has a search feature, so it’s much easier to find people than it would be to thumb through a thick paper directory,” says John, an electrical engineer who served in the Air Force, worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and taught math in Montgomery County Public Schools.

John recalls using his first laptop computer in the 1980s. Now, he says he couldn’t exist without technology.

“I do so many things online already,” he says. “The My Erickson app pulls together a lot of information in one place. It’s a great tool to take us into the future.”