The 2017 OPTIMA Awards competition is now open

Let the 2017 OPTIMA Award competition begin!

Submission are now being accepted for I Advance Senior Care's OPTIMA Awards, which recognize innovative, outcomes-oriented programs and initiatives that enhance quality of life and optimize daily functions for residents in senior care settings. The awards program—now in its 21st year—is a national showcase of best practices and innovation, along with the teamwork that makes those programs happen.

This year, we have added an award category specifically for memory care programs. This will allow other worthy programs to compete in their own category.

As always, the competition is judged by an independent panel of industry experts and is done in anonymous fashion. The judges are not told the identity of the applicant, allowing for programs to be weighed solely on merits and outcomes. There is no fee to submit an entry.

The deadline for receipt of all materials is 5 p.m. EDT July 5, 2017.

Programs at nursing homes, assisted living and other senior living settings are eligible. State and regional programs will be considered by the external third-party judging panel on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about the awards and read about past recipients, visit the OPTIMA Award program page

To begin the 2017 OPTIMA Award application process, complete the short registration form here. On completion of the form, you will be able to download the OPTIMA Submission Guide, which will help you step by step with the rest of your submission. Filling out the registration form does not obligate you to submit an entry.

If you have any questions, please e-mail I Advance Senior Care Editor-in-Chief Pamela Tabar at


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