SeniorHomes.com has announced the winners of its "Best of the Web" contest, the culmination of a month-long project which accepted public nominations and votes for the best senior living, caregiver, and industry resources on the internet. A panel of 15 leading senior living experts volunteered their time to rate finalists in each category based on breadth and depth of content, quality of content (accuracy, insight, uniqueness, etc.), website design, navigation, and usability, and quality of writing (well-written, engaging, etc.).
More than 200 nominations were received in seven categories: Best Senior Living Blogs, Best Caregiver Resources, Best Senior Living Provider Websites, Best Government Resources, Best Senior Living Newsletters, Best Senior Living Industry Blogs and Websites, and Best Senior Living Industry Newsletters. Finalists in each category were determined on December 6th, 2010, based on popular vote; overall, well over 1,500 votes were received for nominees.
Pinpointing the single most valuable resource in each category was no easy task; many expert judges have expressed the value they have received from participating in this project, noting that even they have discovered new resources they didn't know about previously. Winners are recognized based on the average judges' ratings as well as popular vote.
Here are the winners of the 2011 SeniorHomes.com Best of the Web Contest by category:
- Best Senior Living Blog: The New York Times: Caring and Coping (Popular vote: BMA Management blog)
- Best Caregiver Resource: The Alzheimer’s Association (Popular vote: ConnectAde)
- Best Senior Living Provider Website: Emeritus Senior Living (Popular vote: Emeritus Senior Living)
- Best Government Resource: the Medicare.gov website
- Best Senior Living Newsletter: the AARP Bulletin (Popular vote: Dementia Hope: Tips for Caregivers)
- Best Industry Blog or Website: MetLife Mature Market Institute (My Better Nursing Home)
- Best Senior Living Industry Newsletter: the Long-Term Living Weekly e-Newsletter (Assisted Living Federation Association Update Newsletter)