Announces 2013 Best Senior Living Awards

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Third-Annual “Best of” Awards to Begin Nomination Phase Today 2013 Best Senior Living Awards Badge, an online directory and resource for seniors and their families searching for senior care or senior housing, announces the third-annual Best Senior Living Awards (formerly Best of the Web), a program designed to identify the top resources, people, providers and organizations in a variety of senior living categories.

Last year’s awards resulted in more than 450 nominations and more than 6,500 votes overall. The 2013 Best Senior Living Awards is set to make an even bigger impact with the addition of new categories and other improvements.

Due to the larger scope, the company has re-branded its third-annual contest as the 2013 Best Senior Living Awards.

“Each year, we strive to make improvements based on feedback and responses from previous programs,” says Chris Rodde, CEO of “This year we’ve streamlined our categories as well as made several exciting additions, such as the Most Influential Caregivers and Most Inspiring Seniors categories. With the likes of Maria Shriver and Leeza Gibbons making such a huge impact in the senior living industry, it’s important to recognize the selfless efforts of these individuals.”

Nominations are open today to the public. Anyone can nominate a favorite personality, website, blog or other resource in the appropriate category by visiting Popular vote will determine which nominees will advance to the finalist round.

This year’s categories include:

Consumer Resources

  •     Most Inspiring Seniors
  •     Most Influential Caregivers
  •     Best Caregiver Websites
  •     Best Caregiver Newsletters
  •     Best Boomer Resources
  •     Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals
  •     Best Senior Living Blogs by Organizations
  •     Most Respected Senior Living Charities
  •     Most Innovative Senior Living Products
  •     Best Government & Education Resource Sites

Industry Recognition and Resources

  •     Best Senior Living Provider Websites: Large Companies
  •     Best Senior Living Provider Websites: Small Companies
  •     Social Media Rockstars – Individuals
  •     Social Media Rockstars – Organizations
  •     Best Senior Living Industry Resources
  •     Best Sales and Marketing Consultants

During the finalist phase, 18 judges hailing from all corners of the industry will evaluate nominees using a set of standardized rating criteria. This year’s judging panel includes several experts returning for the third year in a row, such as Anthony Cirillo of 4ward Fast and Shelley Webb, Founder of Intentional Caregiver. A few new senior living experts have joined the rating panel this year, including Martha Stettinius, author of "Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir” and Kathy Birkett, Founder and Publisher of Senior Care Corner.

Rating criteria has been carefully established on a category-by-category basis, using research determining the features of most value to the consumer or audience. Judging criteria includes:

  •     Quality of content
  •     Credibility and accuracy
  •     Navigation and design
  •     Usability
  •     Frequency of posts
  •     Other category-specific qualifiers

Nominations are being accepted through Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:00PM Eastern Time. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

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