An entry from Chapel Hill, NC, continuing care retirement community Carolina Meadows was named Best in Show in the 2023 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday that saw dozens of awards go to senior living, skilled nursing and home care providers, as well as technology company partners to providers, across several categories and tracks.

The Best in Show award, bestowed for an entry titled “Building a Mobile Community with AI Assessments,” about Carolina Meadow’s use of VSTBalance by VirtuSense Technologies, was chosen from all winners across the three tracks of the competition: Senior Living, Skilled Nursing and Home Care. The entry also captured the Gold award in the Building Bridges category of the Senior Living track.

Carolina Meadows, as part of its wellness programming, used the AI-powered fall risk assessment tool to help increase resident mobility, function and gait. Carolina Meadows said that it was introduced to the technology at a campus event in August 2021 and that the technology has become instrumental in supporting residents’ health and wellness as well as in building relationships between residents, fitness staff members, and the community’s leadership. 

The awards presentation capped a McKnight’s Tech Awards + Summit that also included three webinars. Sixteen awards were bestowed across five categories in the Senior Living track during the ceremony.