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Excellence in Innovation Award
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This award recognizes programs and/or best practices implemented by a member facility that enhance mission, improve service, inspire dedication, and/or demonstrate willingness to take risk (and even fail) in the pursuit of expanded possibilities for aging

Eligible Nominees

Member facilities, their employees, and/or specific practices, models, and program initiatives

Qualifying Criteria

  • An innovative approach to service delivery or facility operation through which quality of life is enhanced and the field of service is advanced
  • A program specially conceived, designed and implemented to address a complex challenge
  • Environmental enhancements through which quality of life is enriched for residents and/or staff
  • An effort, whether effective or not, through which lessons have been learned that expand the body of available knowledge within the field of aging services
  • Exploration and discovery of opportunities for improved efficiency, effectiveness, and/or cost savings
  • Demonstrated willingness to experiment for the sake of changing the status quo for the better
  • Extraordinary new services, programs, or practices that make life better and/or work more effective and/or efficient
  • Demonstrated improvement of facility performance with little or no increase in cost
  • A financially feasible model program with demonstrated benefits that can be widely replicated by others

Nomination Forms

Nomination submittals must be no longer than a single typed page. Be sure to include at the top of the page the following:

  • Name of the nominee,
  • Award for which nominee is being nominated,
  • Name of the nominating member,
  • Member facility address, phone number, and fax number.

Tips for Writing a Nomination

  • Be clear, specific, and as brief as possible.
  • Say it like it is. Don’t worry about the quality of the writing. Use bullets whenever possible.
  • Provide concrete examples of exactly what is meritorious about your nominee.
  • Include measureable results when possible.
  • When considering innovations worthy of nomination, remember that effort and risk taking may also be award worthy even if the results were not those originally envisioned.
  • Use the Qualifying Criteria provided for each Award to focus your thoughts on the merits of your nominee. Feel free to insert points not set out in the Qualifying Criteria that you believe further commend your nominee for recognition.

Nominations will be accepted only through the online Awards Nomination form. You may download the Awards Program Brochure here.

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