2013 ALTY Awards - Assisted Living Today
Best Senior Homes Articles – 2013 ALTY Awards

Winning Article

The winner of the 2013 ALTY Award for “Best Senior Homes Article” is:

Beyond Care at Home: When Home is NOT the BestBob Larkin, AlzCareBlog.com

Congratulations to our winner, Bob Larkin! You can grab a winner’s badge here.

Runner-Up Article

Understanding Assisted Living Residency Agreements: Part One and Part TwoRyan Malone, Inside Elder Care blog

Congratulations to our runner-up as well. Nice work! Get your runner-up badge here.

Finalist Articles

And hats off to all the finalists as well, whose articles stood out from hundreds of blog posts in the senior care space.

Who Will Define Senior Living in the Future?Ken Curnes, GlynnDevins
Broken Bones, Broken Lives: Falls In Nursing HomesJack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate
Inside Look at Person-Centered Care Through The Eden AlternativeKaran Peterson, ChangingAging.org
How Do You Know if Care is Person Centred?Chris Moon-Willems, Relative Matters blog
Medicare Vs. Medicaidby admin of Senior Care Centers Blog

Congratulations to our finalists. Nice work! Finalists can get a finalist badge here.

Final Voting Results

Here’s a look at how all the blogs fared in the public voting.

  • Beyond Care at Home: When Home is NOT the Best (57%, 56 Votes)
  • Understanding Assisted Living Residency Agreements: Parts One and Two (23%, 23 Votes)
  • Who Will Define Senior Living in the Future? (12%, 12 Votes)
  • Broken Bones, Broken Lives: Falls In Nursing Homes (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Inside Look at Person-Centered Care Through The Eden Alternative (2%, 2 Votes)
  • How Do You Know if Care is Person Centred? (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Medicare Vs. Medicaid (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 99

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Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations again to the winner, the runner-up and all the ALTY finalists.

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Nominated Article Descriptions

The following is a full list of all nominees for the 2013 ALTY Awards for the “Best Senior Homes Articles” category.

Medicare Vs. Medicaidby admin of Senior Care Centers Blog

What are the differences between Medicare and Medicaid? How do you know what’s covered and whether it’s covered by part A, B, D or not at all? Senior Care Centers breaks it down in an easy-to-understand summary of how society uses both Medicare and Medicaid, and how it affects you.

Understanding Assisted Living Residency Agreements: Part One
Understanding Assisted Living Residency Agreements: Part Two
Ryan Malone, Inside Elder Care blog

Such a thorough look at residency agreements, this blog is divided into two entries. An important document covering all legal aspects of living in an assisted living facility, the residency agreement can be an overwhelming bit of literature. In addition to letting an attorney read it over, Ryan Malone of Inside Elder Care, suggests you read it and approach the facility with questions. Never be afraid to clarify.

Inside Look at Person-Centered Care Through The Eden AlternativeKaran Peterson, ChangingAging.org

The Eden Alternative is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming care environments into habitats for human beings that promote quality of life for all involved. In their blog, Changing Aging, Kavan Peterson describes in more detail the person-centered philosophy on which they build the organization. Within the blog is a short film produced by a facility in Vancouver, Canada, that has adopted the philosophy. They address the challenges of moving away from a more institutional form of care, and show how the Eden Alternative is making an impact on their staff and residents.

Broken Bones, Broken Lives: Falls In Nursing HomesJack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate

Jack Halpern says in his post about falls in nursing homes and assisted living, that when a family entrusts their loved one to a care facility, they are putting the ultimate trust in the staff. Yet, on average, in a facility with 100 beds, there are a reported 100-200 falls each year. Falls, he says, can and should be avoided without the use of restraints. Broken bones and disability should not ever be the standard in nursing home care.

How Do You Know if Care is Person Centred?Chris Moon-Willems, Relative Matters blog

Elder advocate Chris Moon-Willems  describes person-centered care as treating people as individuals, with dignity and respect, enabling them to make choices about their care, focusing on what is important to them from their own perspective as well as professionals deciding what is important for them. She continues to instruct on how to determine whether your loved one receives that type of care, along with questions to ask if you’re investigating a facility for your loved one.

Who Will Define Senior Living in the Future?Ken Curnes, GlynnDevins

Looking at our current cities and communities, Ken Curnes reports that it is clear that infrastructure and programming are not ready for the boom of aging boomers. The lack of transportation and resources for seniors make senior living communities so desirable, because our cities lack what those communities already offer. What will our communities look like in another 20 years? Will they be more senior-friendly?

Beyond Care at Home: When Home is NOT the BestBob Larkin, AlzCareBlog.com

Home simply is not always the best. Even though it may provide comfort and familiarity, for those suffering from cognitive disorders and Alzheimer’s, safety surpasses the comfort of home. So while you may want your loved one to feel the comfort of home, Bob Larkin lists things to consider. Maintenance, hygiene, basic safety and concern for feelings of isolation are all important to a person’s overall well being. Can you recognize when home is not the best?

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