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Now in its 21st year, the OPTIMA Award is I Advance Senior Care’s national best practices program recognizing exceptional programming and person-centered service delivery within senior care settings. I Advance Senior Care (previously Long-Term Living) created the OPTIMA Award in 1996 to showcase innovative, resident-centered, outcomes-oriented programs and initiatives that enhance the daily quality of life and encourage the optimum abilities of residents living in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and other senior care settings.

Innovative programs can enrich residents’ lives in many ways. Submission-worthy projects can come from any department involved in professional senior care service delivery, including programs that address nursing care, social services, staff development, quality improvement, dining services, memory care and rehabilitation, to name a few.

New in 2017: This year we have added an award category specifically for memory care programs. Adding a memory care-specific category allows other worthy programs to be recognized in the original category. On the submission form you will be asked to choose which category you are entering and you may enter a program only once.

To compete well in the OPTIMA Award competition, a candidate’s submission needs to describe a recent program or project that reaches beyond common industry practices in approach or technique. The independent judging panel looks for strategies in providing care and services that can serve as a model for others nationwide.

The OPTIMA Award winners will each receive an engraved OPTIMA statuette and their programs are featured in in-depth feature articles written by the I Advance Senior Care editorial staff, with interviews conducted at the winning facilities.

For more information, email Editor-in-Chief Pamela Tabar at ptabar@vendomegrp.com.