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ALFA Best of the Best Awards

The Argentum Best of the Best awards recognize innovative new programs and services that are creating the future of senior living. Awards and recognition will focus on programs and initiatives advancing excellence in senior living by addressing solutions in workforce development, operational excellence, consumer choice, quality care, and memory care. Top programs will featured in the May/June issue of ​Senior Living Executive​. The open period for nominations is November 23, 2015 - January 17, 2016. 

The Best of the Best awards will be given to nominees receiving the highest scores from an expert panel. Argentum also recognizes unique programs as Programs to Spotlight. Winners are spotlighted in the May/June Senior Living Executive magazine.

This competition is open to both owner/operator and industry partner members. 

Best of the Best Entry Fees
Member-Only Early Bird Submissions: $199 (by December 25)
Member-Only General Submissions: $299 (December 25 - January 17)
Non-Member: ineligible.


Learn more about the Best of the Best Categories

Quality Care

Nurturing environments that enhance the quality of life for senior living residents. The following are just examples of types of submissions in the quality care category. 

  • Best practices in documentation
  • Fall prevention, detection and response
  • Managing and preparing for rising acuity levels
  • Partnering with health care providers; 
  • Nutrition programs
  • Fitness programs
  • Other

Memory Care

Enhancing awareness and best practices for the care of residents with dementia. The following are just examples of types of submissions in the memory care category. 

  • Scientific innovation
  • Environments that support compassionate, purposeful living
  • Action in the fight against Alzheimer's
  • Enhanced dining experience for Alzheimer's residents
  • Increasing engagement for a person with Alzheimer's
  • Other

Workforce Development

Growing a workforce of trained professionals to serve seniors. The following are just examples of types of submissions in the workforce development category. 

    • Retaining community staff
    • Creating great leaders
    • Training and developing the future workforce
    • Other

    Operational Excellence

    Improving the senior living business through innovation and technology. The following are just examples of types of submissions in the operational excellence category. 

    • Data security and management
    • Improvements to technology infrastructure
    • Integration of mobile devices for clinical staff
    • Greening your community
    • Resident & staff safety
    • Connecting residents through technology
    • PR/Marketing best practices
    • Other 

    Consumer Choice

    Promoting strategies for financing long term care services and supports. The following are just examples of types of submissions in the consumer choice category. 

    • Consumer education
    • Strengthening family engagement and community
    • Other 


    Prepare Your Submission Materials

    Q1.  Which Best of the Best Topic category do you wish to list this nomination under? Pick one.
    Q2.  What is the name of your program, product or service?

    Q3.  Specifically describe how your submission addresses the topic you selected?

    Q4.  Describe the features and benefits of your program?

    Q5.  What differentiates this program, product or service from what others may be doing.  Why should someone consider it as “new” or “different”?

    Q6.  How are you measuring the impact of your program on your organization or your customers? What results are you seeing to date?

    Q7.  How do you hope to expand, grow or evolve this program, product or service in the future?

    Additional Details

    Nominations are due by January 17.  All companies submitting award nominations must remit entry fees to Argentum and be Argentum members in order to move on to being assessed.  Companies may mail checks and supplemental information to Argentum if necessary (Argentum; 1650 King Street; 6th Floor; Alexandria, VA 22314).  Every submission will be judged and ranked against the following criteria:

    1. The uniqueness of the program, product or service
    2. Making something ordinary, extraordinary
    3. The difference it is making for seniors, families, staff, operations, processes, revenue generation and/or expense reduction/efficiencies.
    4. The quantitative results and qualitative feedback
    5. The strategic vision for the program, product or service
    6. Communicating all of this information as informatively and precisely as possible

    The nominators for winning submission are notified in March each year. Winning companies will receive the following recognition:

    • A submission profile in the conference issue of Senior Living Executive Magazine
    • Receive a template press release to customize and announce the recognition
    • Receive visual recognition at the annual conference
    • An awards presentation and photo op at the annual conference with 2 company representatives and Argentum leadership
    • An award


    Best of the Best Judging Panel 

    Members of Argentum's Executive Roundtables and President’s Council are invited to judge the 2016 Argentum Best of the Best Awards. To learn more about becoming a judge of this prestigious awards program, please contact Kayla McAlindin at kmcalindin@argentum.org.

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