ALFA Honors New Best Practices in Senior Living

Best of the Best Award Winning Programs Featured in May/June Issue of Senior Living Executive magazine

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--()--The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) today announced the winners of the ALFA 2014 Best of the Best Awards in the May/June issue of Senior Living Executive magazine. These annual awards honor new innovations that promote resident quality of life and business excellence in the field of senior living. ALFA recognized the winning best practices at the ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo, May 19-22 in Phoenix, AZ.

“I am continually amazed by the generosity of leading companies to share insights on how they do what they do, but also the challenges they’ve overcome,” said ALFA President/CEO Richard P. Grimes. “Each of these submissions had a back story to it, a back story that is rooted in the passion to always do better by our residents and families.”

The ALFA 2014 Best of the Best Awards award submissions with the highest scored from judges, regardless of category. The winning programs and the companies submitting them are:

Pathway Senior Living – VIVA!Plus

Carefully screened third-party providers serve as extensions of the Pathway clinical team, improving outcomes and enabling Pathway to become partner of choice for hospitals.

Brookdale – Brookdale Therapy—Outpatient Paper-Based Documentation and Outpatient Electronic Documentation

High-quality execution of electronic documentation with innovative training approach to speed adoption and accuracy of use.

American House Senior Living Residences - Seniors at the Symphony

Musicians visit American House communities for performances and commentary.

The Arbor Company - Dining with Dignity

Favorite foods that once were forbidden are now back on the menu for residents of Arbor Terrace’s Engaged Living memory care program who cannot easily manage utensils or swallow solid foods.

New Perspective Senior Living - Living Life on Purpose with the Lighthouse Dining Experience

Consulting with biochemists, neurologists, and researchers, company overhauls all of its recipes and cooking protocols for better taste and optimal nutrition.

The Orchards at Southington - The W.I.S.E. Program

The Orchards at Southington and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) are bridging the generation gap through a win-win “service learning” program called Working Together: Intergenerational Student/Senior Exchange (W.I.S.E.).

Country Meadows Retirement Communities - Life Gets Better at the Beach

Groups of 15 to 35 seniors from various Country Meadows communities meet up at beaches from North Carolina to New Jersey for an extended stay at a rental house for a true vacation experience.

Emeritus Senior Living - Serving Our Seniors, Serving Our Country Military Recruitment Program

Commitment to attract and hire 1,000 ex-military service members as well as military spouses over a five-year period creates new pipelines for recruitment.

Status Solutions - SARA’s eMessenger Mobile

New tool improves communication between staff members on the same shift, improving care coordination, minimizing duplication of efforts and cutting response time in half.

Brookdale - National Advertising Campaign and Brand Activation

Effort focuses on how company meets unmet needs, increasing move-ins and educating the public about senior living.

Legacy Retirement Communities - Lead Prospect Management System and Signature Events

At six annual “Signature Events,” anyone and everyone is invited to sample Legacy’s “Five-Star” cooking, entertainment, and fun in the form of a town carnival, confection celebration, “chef fest,” or patio party. - Best Senior Living Awards Program

Rating system ranks 1,000 communities in 19 major markets and assigns “best” awards.

Elder Resource Benefits Consulting / New Perspective Senior Living ERBC Cash Flow Analysis.

Every new resident’s financial resources are thoroughly explored and a report is issued to the resident/family, providing valuable information on paying for long-term care.

In addition to these Best of the Best winners, ALFA spotlights programs from Benchmark Senior Living, BMA Management, Caremerge, ConnectedLiving, Elmcroft Senior Living, Emeritus, Fox Rehabilitation, Legacy Retirement Communities, and Memory Training Centers of America.

About the Assisted Living Federation of America

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence through education, research, publications, professional networking and online tools designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurialism in the field of senior living. Visit ALFA’s Web site at


Assisted Living Federation of America
Jaclyn Allmon, 703-562-1192
Acting VP, Marketing & Communications

Release Summary

ALFA today announced the winners of the ALFA 2014 Best of the Best Awards in the May/June issue of Senior Living Executive magazine. These annual awards honor new innovations in senior living.


Assisted Living Federation of America
Jaclyn Allmon, 703-562-1192
Acting VP, Marketing & Communications