Awards

2014

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging was honored with the 2014 Excellence in Research and Education Award from LeadingAge. This award recognizes the Institute for its outstanding contributions in developing evidence-based research and education programs, translating research into practice, and disseminating new resources widely throughout the field of aging.

Splendido received a silver award in Crandall Corporate Dietitians’ Go for the Gold Awards, which honor outstanding dietary departments.

Readers of the Explorer newspaper selected Sonora at Splendido for first place in “Best of the Northwest” in the category of Assisted Living.

The Mather, Mather Pavilion, and Sonora at Splendido ranked as three of America’s Best Nursing Homes, published by U.S. News & World Report, receiving the highest overall rating of five stars from the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Associate Director of Community Resources for Mather Edgewater was honored with a Strive and Thrive award as part of the LSN 2014 Honoring Excellence Award Program.

SAACAA Senior Research Associate from Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging was recognized with an award, along with her co-authors, from the Families and Health Section of the National Council on Family Relations for the best research publication in 2013 on families and health.

SAACASplendido was recognized with the 2013/2014 Outstanding Arts Leader Award by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance.

2013

The Mather was selected as winner of the Senior Housing News Design and Architecture Award for a Continuing Care Retirement Community. The award recognizes cutting-edge design, excellence, and innovation in senior living.

Mather LifeWays was named one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces in the 2013 Chicago Tribune’s Best Places to Work survey.

Mather LifeWays was named Illinois’s Healthiest Midsize Employer for 2013 by Healthiest Employers LLC.

Mather LifeWays received five Rebranding Aging Awards from the International Council on Active Aging, including Gold and Silver Awards for Best Direct MailSilver and Bronze Awards for Best Advertising, and a Bronze Award for Best Sales Brochure.

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging was awarded funding from OwlRock Capital to conduct a feasibility study for an online resource that will integrate the Institute’s caregiver resource programs and facilitate communication between family caregivers and service providers caring for homebound older adults.

The Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce presented Splendido with the 2013 Pinnacle Award for Best Midsize Business.

 

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging was awarded a grant from Boeing International Foundation to support further expansion of the FIIVE Chicago program (Fostering Intergenerational Inclusive Volunteer Efforts). The Center for Independent Futures is partnering on this project.

Readers of the Explorer newspaper selected Sonora at Splendido for second place in “Best of the Northwest” in the category of Assisted Living.

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging was selected for an LTC LINK Spirit of Innovation Award in the category of Patient Wellness for mobile Observing Quality of Life in Dementia (mOQOLD).

Mather LifeWays earned three awards in the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) Global Communications Competition (2012/13 Spotlight Award). With more than 800 entries, Mather LifeWays received recognition which included two Platinum Awards and a Gold Award.

For an eighth consecutive year, Mather LifeWays ranked number one on a safety/risk management survey among 144 senior living/long-term care residences nationwide. The ranking is based on outstanding results at The Mather, Mather Pavilion, and Splendido including Sonora.

Mather LifeWays received four awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): Gold Awards for Best Direct Mail and Best Lifestyle Program, and Silver Awards for Best Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and Best Outdoor Amenity.

The Mather, Mather Pavilion, and Sonora at Splendido ranked as three of America’s Best Nursing Homes, published by U.S. News & World Report, receiving the highest overall rating of five stars from the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

2012

Mather LifeWays earned eight 2012 National Mature Media Awards for its marketing materials, including two Silver Awards, one Bronze Award, and five Merit Awards. 

For the third consecutive year, Mather LifeWays is one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Top 100 Workplaces.”
 
 
 

Mather LifeWays was honored with the Pathways to Greatness award with recognizes high-quality aging-services organizations for excellence by LeadingAge and CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. Recipients are selected based on the five key attributes of a successful aging-services organization which include leadership, superior performance, distinctive impact, best practices and innovation, and the ability to inspire public trust and confidence.

The Mather achieved LEED Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. In order to achieve LEED certification, a building must meet requirements for sustainable design, construction, and operation.

Mather LifeWays received the top Quality honor in first annual McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards – Connect Our World. The program recognizes notable uses of technology to improve senior living services. Entries were judged on their value, impact, execution, relevance and originality.

Mather LifeWays is a top finalist for 2012 Illinois Healthiest Employers Award which honors the state’s most outstanding health and wellness programs.  The award is presented by Humana Vitality.

Mather LifeWays was awarded the Prudential Real Estate Investors Award for Best Research Paper in the 2012 Seniors Housing & Care Journal by the National Investment Center for the Housing & Care Industry (NIC). The white paper “Adult Children of CCRC Residents: Their Perceptions, Insights, and Implications for Shaping the Future CCRC,” was announced as the winner.

 

Mather’s—More Than a Café was awarded a technical assistance grant from MetLife Foundation in the category of Health and Wellness.

Mather LifeWays was awarded a contract to conduct a pilot study from Work/Family Directions, Inc. to offer Empower Online for IBM employees who are caring for older adults in Brazil and Argentina.

A grant from Schering Plough was awarded to Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging to develop and implement online employee wellness programs in the United States, England, and China.

The Southeast Building conference recognized The Mather South with five Aurora Awards which are considered the “Grammys” of the homebuilding and design industry. Awards included Grand Aurora (Best of State), Grand Aurora and Aurora Award (50+ Communities), and Aurora Awards for Interior Design and Interior Furnishings.

For a seventh consecutive year, Mather LifeWays ranked number one on a safety/risk management survey among 144 senior living/long-term care residences nationwide. The ranking is based on outstanding results at The Mather, Mather Pavilion, and Splendido including Sonora.

Mather LifeWays Director of Café Operations was recently awarded the distinguished Life Services Network (LSN) “Honoring Excellence” Award—one of eight individuals recognized at LSN’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition in May 2012 at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Mather LifeWays received the inaugural City of Evanston Economic Impact Award, recognizing its innovation, initiative, and sizable investment in Evanston, resulting in far-reaching benefit for businesses, residents, and visitors.

Sonora at Splendido was ranked as one of America’s Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report, receiving the highest overall rating of five stars from the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Mather LifeWays received eight awards from the National Association of Home Builders including three Gold Awards for The Mather in the categories of Best Continuing Care Retirement Community on the Boards, Best Repositioned Community (Active Adult Housing), and Best Direct Mail Campaign; a Gold and Innovation Award for Splendido in the category of Best Fitness & Wellness Program (for the “Gestures of Joy” program); a Silver Award for Splendido in the category of Best Lifestyle Program; and a Gold and Innovation Award for Mather’s—More Than a Café in the category of Best Dining or Café Experience. 

2011

For the second consecutive year, Mather LifeWays was named one of the  Chicago Tribune’s “Top 100 Workplaces!”
 
 
 
 

Mather LifeWays earned four awards in the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) Global Communications Competition (2011 Spotlight Award). With more than 1,500 entries, Mather LifeWays received recognition which included a Platinum Award, Gold Award, Silver Award, and Bronze Award

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging was awarded $10,000 from the Verizon Foundation to support development, implementation, and evaluation of a program to improve electronic health literacy among older adults in Chicago. The program will offer participants training in skills needed to navigate the large amount of health information available on the web and empower them to make decisions that best support their well-being. 

A grant from The Coleman Foundation was awarded to Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, Clearbrook, and the Center for Independent Futures to develop and implement F.I.I.V.E Chicago (Fostering Intergenerational, Inclusive Volunteer Engagement in Chicago). F.I.I.V.E Chicago is an intergenerational volunteer program in which young people with disabilities (ages 14 – 29) and older adult mentors (ages 55 and better) together engage in service to their communities. 

The Mather was selected to be featured in the publication Design for Aging Review, 11th edition, as a Citation Award Recipient for innovative design features and approaches. Design for Aging Review is held in partnership with Leading Age (formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). 

Mather LifeWays earned four 2011 National Mature Media Awards for its marketing materials, including two Silver Awards, one Bronze Award and one Merit Award. 

The Mather received Award of Merit honors in the 2011 Gold Nugget Awards competition for Best Community Site Plan of up to 20 acres. 

Mather LifeWays received a fifth Digital Divide Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grant is designed to train older adults in computer skills through classes presented at Mather’s—More Than a Café locations in the Chicago area. 

Mather LifeWays was invited and awarded a $100,000 sub-grant to participate in a Walmart Foundation grant to implement Prime Time Sister Circles (PTSC) in Chicago. PTSC is a 10-week group program that teaches older African American women to improve their health. Mather’s—More Than a Café on 83rd Street has held six PTSC; Mather LifeWays was awarded a $100,000 sub-grant by the program’s founders to start 12 additional circles in other African American communities. 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a $70,000 contract to conduct a pilot study from Work/Family Directions, Inc. to offer Empower Online for IBM employees who are caring for older adults in Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

Winning Workplaces and the Hitachi Foundation featured Mather LifeWays as one of 10 in-depth workplace best practices case studies in the Pioneer Employer “Search Engines” Initiative. This initiative seeks out pioneering employers in order to build a compelling set of case studies demonstrating how investment in front-line workers can result in increased returns to employees, communities, and business investors. 

Mather Pavilion and Sonora at Splendido ranked as two of America’s Best Nursing Homes, published by U.S. News & World Report, receiving the highest overall rating of five stars from the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

For a sixth consecutive year, Mather LifeWays ranked number one on a safety/risk management survey among 144 senior living/long-term care residences nationwide. The ranking is based on outstanding results at The Mather, Mather Pavilion, and Splendido including Sonora. 

Wisdom Works, a volunteer model used in the Empowering Grandparents grant from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), was named a national model by NCOA and received a grant to disseminate learning’s in 2011.

2010

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging received the New Product & Technology Award from Mature Market Resource Center for Aging in Action. This national program recognizes the best technologies, products, and services for older adults and their families. 

Mather LifeWays was named one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Top 100 Workplaces.” Companies and nonprofit organizations are recognized for developing “dynamic, supportive and inclusive cultures.” 

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging received the Erickson Foundation Award for Excellence in Research in Positive Aging at the 2010 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver for the development, testing, and implementation of the Whole-Person Wellness Assessment. The Erickson Foundation created this award to “celebrate research that explores aspects of active, healthy aging, particularly creating healthy communities.” 

Mather LifeWays won two awards from the League of American Communications Professionals’ (LACP) Global Communications Competition. Splendido received a Platinum Award for its “Best Places to Live” mailer, and The Mather received a Gold Award for its “Let’s always be prepared for life’s curve balls” campaign. 

Mather LifeWays earned two National Active Retirement Association Awards, which recognize projects focused on meeting the demands of active, mature adults across the country. The Mather won a Gold Award as the Best Continuing Care Retirement Community and a Gold Award for Best Amenities in a Retirement Community. 

The Mather received Midwest Construction magazine’s Best of 2010 Award (Merit, Multi-Family Residential/Hospitality), which recognizes projects based on safety, innovation, contribution to the community or industry, construction quality and craftsmanship, and function and aesthetic quality of design. 

Design Evanston recognized The Mather with awards in Interior Design and Landscape Design. Design Evanston recognizes projects providing “significant aesthetic and functional improvement in the Evanston community.” 

Mather Pavilion and Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging received the OPTIMA Award, which was bestowed by Long-Term Living magazine. The award, conferred by a jury of long-term care peers, recognizes long-term care residences that are proactive with programs that go “above and beyond” routine care for residents. Through measurable outcomes, such as 10 consecutive years of nursing staff turnover results better than state and national rates and consistently high resident and family satisfaction scores, the OPTIMA Award acknowledges Mather Pavilion’s successes in demonstrating that LEAP is a sustainable workforce initiative. 

A grant from The Coleman Foundation was awarded to Clearbrook and Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging to support implementation and evaluation of GRACE: Generating Resources for Aging Through Collaborative Energies. This program offers education and experiential learning opportunities to managers and staff working with the growing number of aging adults with developmental disabilities in day and residential service organizations in the Chicagoland area. 

A grant from Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging was awarded to Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of a region-specific emergency preparedness program for senior living providers that will include Web-based resources and in-person education. 

Mather LifeWays earned four 2010 National Mature Media Awards for its marketing materials, including two Bronze Awards and two Merit Awards. 

Mather LifeWays received a grant from the Kansas Department of Public Health to support four statewide PREPARE workshops that will reach nearly 200 senior living providers. 

Mather LifeWays received a fourth Digital Divide Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grant is designed to train older adults in computer skills through classes presented at Mather’s—More Than a Café locations in the Chicago area. 

Mather LifeWays partnered with the GRANDFamilies Program of Chicago to develop and implement a curriculum for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program. It is supported by two independent grants from The Chicago Community Trust and the National Council on Aging.
 
 
  

Splendido was a finalist for the NuStep Pinnacle Award recognizing outstanding whole-person wellness programs in senior living communities and senior centers.

The Southeast Building Conference recognized The Mather with four Aurora Awards, which are considered the “Grammys” of the homebuilding and design industry. The categories included Interior Design, Entrance Fee Communities, overall Retirement Communities (Grand Aurora) and Best of State (Grand Aurora). 

Splendido received Award of Merit honors in the 2010 Gold Nugget Awards competition for Best Community Site Plan of 20 acres or more and Best Interior Space. 

Mather LifeWays won a Silver Award for More at Mather’s in the 2009 Inspire Awards Competition, sponsored by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP).

For a fifth consecutive year, Mather LifeWays ranked number one on a safety/risk management survey among more than 124 senior living/long-term care residences nationwide. The ranking is based on outstanding results at Mather Pavilion and Splendido including Sonora. 

A grant was awarded to Mather LifeWays from Work/Family Directions, Inc. to develop and implement a culturally-specific version of Empower Online for IBM employees who are caring for older adults in China. 

Readers of the Explorer newspaper selected Splendido as Tucson’s Best Retirement Living Community for the second consecutive year. 

The American Medical Directors Association selected LEAP as a recipient of the 2010 AMDA Foundation/Evercare Award for improving the quality of life of persons living in nursing homes. 

Sonora at Splendido was ranked one of “America’s Best Nursing Homes” in the February issue of U.S. News & World Report and was the only one in Tucson to make the list. 

Mather LifeWays and Benten Technologies received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant from the Centers for Disease Control. The new grant supports development of an online disaster preparedness planning system. 

2009

The Mather Culinary Team took first place in the AAHSA Chef Challenge competition. Competing against senior living culinary teams from across the U.S., The Mather team was crowned the 2009 “Iron Chef” champions. 

The Northern Trust Company awarded a grant to support the wellness initiative at Mather’s—More Than a Café location at 83rd Street in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood. 

The Mather was named the 2009 Masonry Construction Project of the Year for both the High-Rise and Readers’ Choice categories. Project of the Year entries represent the “best of the best” in masonry construction across the country, honoring the craftsmanship of skilled masonry. 

The Armed Forces Veterans Homes Foundation and the National Association of State Veterans Homes funded implementation of LEAP 101 for 15 of their state veterans’ homes. The grant also supports LEAP annual license renewals for 33 of their communities nationwide.

A grant was awarded to Mather LifeWays by NCB Capital Impact to support a research study evaluating the impact of computer adaptive technology in four Green House® Project communities. The project aligns “small house” environments with person-directed care programming, supporting quality of life for long-term care residents. 

Splendido was voted one of the Top 10 Independent Living/Assisted Living Communities in Ranking Arizona, the largest business opinion poll in the state. 
 
 

Mather LifeWays and Benten Technologies received a second Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will enable full development of a mobile device that researchers and practitioners in adult day, assisted living, and skilled care settings can use to assess the quality of life of people with dementia. 

Mather LifeWays and Life Services Network, the Illinois affiliate of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, were awarded funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health to implement and evaluate a cultural diversity training program targeting all disciplines in licensed long-term care communities. This 12-month grant includes 12 train-the-trainer workshops and supporting online course involving nearly 120 communities across Illinois. 

Mather LifeWays received the award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the Archstone Foundation for PREPARE. The award was created in conjunction with the American Public Health Association to recognize best practice models in gerontology and geriatrics. One award is given each year. 

The Chicago Life Opportunities Initiative received a grant from the National Council on Aging to promote the use of older adult volunteers in community not-for-profit organizations. Chicago Life Opportunities Initiative is a partnership program between Mather LifeWays and CJE SeniorLife. 

Mather LifeWays is partnering with the GRANDFamilies Program of Chicago to develop and implement a curriculum for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, supported by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust

As part of a grant from the National Council on Aging, Mather LifeWays received three VISTA volunteers to further support the GRANDfamilies of Chicago program. 

Mather LifeWays received a Title V worker from Age Options to assist in expansion of the Telephone Topics program.

A grant from the John Oishei Foundation will bring LEAP to 30 long-term care residences in Western New York State during fall 2009. 

Two training grants were awarded to Mather LifeWays to support PREPARE workshops in Kansas and Michigan during the summer 2009.
 
 

Mather LifeWays received an additional Digital Divide Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grant is designed to train older adults in computer skills through classes presented at Mather’s—More Than a Café locations in the Chicago area. 

Mather LifeWays earned six 2009 National Mature Media Awards for its marketing materials, including two Silver Awards, two Bronze Awards, and two Merit Awards

The National Council on Aging named Mather LifeWays as the 2009 recipient of the Jack Ossofsky Award, recognizing the Café Plus model. 

The U.S. Administration on Aging named Mather’s—More Than a Café as one of four national models encouraging participation in civic, cultural, social and recreational activities by older adults

Mather LifeWays received grants from the Norwood Park Historical Society and the Center for Asian Arts and Media at Columbia College for cultural programs. 

Mather LifeWays Senior Research Associate was the recipient of the American Society on Aging Graduate Student Research award. The Award is presented annually to one graduate student for research relevant to aging. 

For a fourth consecutive year, Mather LifeWays ranked number one on a nationwide safety/risk management survey among more than 125 senior living/long-term care communities nationwide. The ranking is based on outstanding results at each of Mather LifeWays senior living residence. 

2008

Splendido was recognized by the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association for superior landscape workmanship and creativity

Readers of the Explorer newspaper selected Splendido as Tucson’s Best Retirement Living Community.
 
   

Mather LifeWays won an Honors Award for the 2007 Year in Review in the 2008 Spotlight Awards Communications Competition. The competition is sponsored by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP). 
 
 

Splendido was voted one of the Top 10 Independent Living/Assisted Living Communities in Ranking Arizona, the largest business opinion poll in the state. 
 
 

Mather LifeWays earned five National Active Retirement Association Awards, which recognize projects focused on meeting the demands of active, mature adults across the country. Splendido received two Gold Awards, one for Best Overall Active Adult/Retirement Community and a second for Best Large Active Adult/Retirement Community. Splendido also won a Silver Award for Best Continuing Care Retirement Community. The Mather won Gold Awards for the Best Proposed Continuing Care Retirement Community as well as the Best Community Brochure. 

Mather LifeWays earned nine 2008 National Mature Media Awards for its marketing materials, including five Gold Awards, one Bronze Award and three Merit Awards
 
 

The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) selected the Executive Director of Café Development at Mather LifeWays as one of 32 people nationwide to participate in AAHSA’s 2009 Leadership Academy
 

For the second consecutive year, Arizona Foothills Magazine named Splendido as one of Arizona’s “Best Places to Live.” 
 
 

Mather LifeWays will work with Life Services Network, the Illinois affiliate of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, to implement and evaluate a communication skills training program targeting all disciplines in licensed long-term care communities. This 12-month grant includes 12 train-the-trainer workshops and supporting online course involving nearly 150 communities across Illinois. 

Community Initiatives was awarded the Digital Divide Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grant is designed to partially underwrite the cost of computer training for older adults in the Chicago area. 

Mather LifeWays and Benten Technologies, Herndon, VA, received a Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new and innovative technology system for improving the assessment of quality of life in older persons with dementia. The practical, information-generation system combines the Mather LifeWays tool, Observing Quality of Life in Dementia (OQOLD), with handheld PCs that will enable professional caregivers to maximize the well-being of people with dementia in long-term care communities, assisted living communities, and adult day programs.

Mather LifeWays worked with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., to implement a grant that will provide a proven successful training program in person-centered care to religious institutes they serve. The 18-month grant was awarded by the Retirement Research Foundation to support the project, Staff Training and Education in Person-Centered Care for U.S. Catholic Retired Women and Men Religious: Phase Two. 

Mather LifeWays received a two-year grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health to implement SAFE-TI in 100 nursing homes in Illinois. SAFE-TI, a multicomponent toolkit that was developed and pilot-tested by Mather LifeWays, is expected to increase knowledge of falls reduction strategies. 

Mather LifeWays received three national 2008 Best of 50+ Housing Marketing Awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), including Innovation and Gold Awards for The Mather, and a Silver Award for Splendido. 

Mather LifeWays won three 2007 Inspire Awards from the League of American Communications Professionals. The Health Assessment Campaign won a Silver Award, the m newsletter also garnered a Silver Award, and the AAHSA Excellence in the Workplace Award Campaign took Honors. 

For the third consecutive year, Mather LifeWays ranked number one in an ECRI safety survey conducted among 111 senior living residences across the nation. 

The Director of Wellness Strategies at Mather LifeWays received the Work-Life Rising Star Award from the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. This award recognizes professionals who embody passion for change, for work, and for life, and who exhibit a combination of professional and personal attributes that demonstrate emerging leadership and growing contributions to the work-life community. 

Splendido’s executive chef was the third place winner in the 2008 Iron Chef Tucson (AZ) competition, which challenges chefs from Tucson’s finest dining establishments, including several five-star restaurants and resorts, to “battle it out” with their culinary skills. 

Mather Pavilion volunteer Sheron Quigley received Life Services Network’s Excellence in Service Award and was named Volunteer of the Year.
 
   

2007 

Mather LifeWays earned three National Active Retirement Association Awards, which recognize projects focused on meeting the demands of active, mature adults across the country. The Mather’s brochure won a Gold Award for Best Active Adult/Retirement Property Advertisement and Splendido won a Gold Award for Best Large Active Adult/Retirement Community. 

The League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) awarded a Platinum Spotlight Award for The Mather’s brochure; a Silver Spotlight Award for the Mather LifeWays 2006 Year in Review; and a Bronze Spotlight Award for Splendido’s testimonial direct mail letter. More than 900 global entries were received, including entries from $1+ billion Fortune 100 companies. The Spotlight Awards recognize excellence in first impression, creativity, clarity, relevance, and narrative/visual content quality. 

PREPARE, a Mather LifeWays program for improving emergency preparedness in senior living residences, was awarded a third year of funding from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The additional funds will allow Mather LifeWays to reach long-term care providers in all 50 states. 

Mather LifeWays received the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program’s (RSVP) Station of the Year Award, which honors one organization that is committed to volunteerism and supports RSVP as a resource to help older adults get involved as volunteers. 

Arizona Foothills Magazine named Splendido one of Arizona’s “Best Places to Live.” 
 
 
 

Mather LifeWays received ComPsych’s Health at Work Silver Award, which honors organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the health and wellness of their employees. 

Mather LifeWays and The Plaza Companies, co-owners of Splendido, received BUILDERnews magazine’s Spirit of the West Award, which recognizes “exemplary builders and developers who are contributing inspiring, vibrant, and sustainable places to live.” Splendido was highlighted for its well-crafted homes, conserving resources, and setting a new pace in homebuilding. 

Mather LifeWays earned 10 2007 National Mature Media Awards for its marketing materials, including two Gold Awards, two Silver Awards, two Bronze Awards, and four Merit Awards. The Mather earned two Gold Awards for its “10 Wishes” campaign and brochure. 

Mather LifeWays received the 2007 Excellence in the Workplace Award from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) for demonstrating effectiveness in fostering and advancing a healthy workplace culture and an environment that promotes the recruitment, retention, and development of staff at all levels of the organization. 

Mather LifeWays received three national 2007 Best of 50+ Housing Awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), including an Innovation Award for The Mather and two Gold Awards for Splendido, which was recognized as the best overall Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and as having the best CCRC interior design. 

PREPARE, a Mather LifeWays program for improving emergency preparedness in senior living residences, was awarded the 2007 Healthcare and Aging Award from the American Society on Aging. PREPARE also was awarded additional funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for further expansion.

Mather LifeWays was one of three not-for-profit organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area to receive a Models of Significant Service grant from RespectAbility, a program of the National Council on Aging. Chicago Life Opportunities Initiative, a partnership of Mather LifeWays and Council for Jewish Elderly, will use the grant funds for its Count Me In program, which is designed to mobilize Chicago’s older adults and community partners to help organizations identify their volunteer needs; recognize the ability of older adults to meet those needs; and effectively recruit, train, and place older adult volunteers in those leadership roles. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health awarded a two-year grant to further study and disseminate The S.E.L.F. Program and Observing Quality of Life in Dementia (OQOLD), two Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging-developed programs that support older adults with memory loss. 

For the second consecutive year, Mather LifeWays ranked number one in an ECRI safety survey conducted among 111 senior living residences across the nation. 

A Mather LifeWays Community Initiatives employee was appointed to the Illinois Life Services Network (LSN) Home and Community Based Services Cabinet.
 
 
   

Mather LifeWays received the Best Practice Award from the Health Promotion Institute of the National Council on Aging for Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging’s Resident Whole-Person Wellness Survey. 

2006 

The International Council on Active Aging awarded Mather LifeWays its NuStep Pinnacle Award for the nation’s best wellness program in a community setting. The award recognized Mather’s—More Than a Café on 83rd Street in Chicago for “using creativity and commitment to transform people’s lives and promote optimal health, regardless of age.” 

Mather LifeWays earned six 2006 National Mature Media Awards for its marketing materials, including a Gold Award, three Silver Awards, and two Bronze Awards

Mather LifeWays was ranked number one in the country on a nationwide safety survey conducted among 100+ senior living residences. 

A Healthy Community: Perspective on Aging Well, a publication produced by the Center for Civic Partnership and funded by the California Wellness Foundation, featured the Mather LifeWays Café Plus model as one of the top 10 national examples in taking creative action to serve older adults.

At the international conference, Reflecting on 100 Years of Alzheimer’s: The Global Impact on Quality of Lives, hosted at Ohio’s Case Western University, the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging presentation, “OQOLD: A Tool For Improving Research and Practice Via An Activity-Focused, Wellness-Based Quality of Life Assessment Procedure,” won third place for outstanding poster presentation

The Illinois Office of the Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library/Literacy Office awarded a grant to Mather LifeWays to train staff in English as a second language

The Mather LifeWays 2004 Year in Review won the League of American Communications Professionals’ (LACP) 2005 Vision Award, which recognizes exceptional annual reports. Mather LifeWays also won LACP’s Bronze Inspire Award for its internal communications portfolio. 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a grant from the American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care (ABC) to expand Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) Online to IBM employees in Latin America, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. 

The manager of Mather’s—More Than a Café on 83rd Street in Chicago received a Status of Women Orchid Award, which is presented to women who are considered outstanding in their chosen field and/or who work to expand their commitment to include community involvement. 

The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and The Retirement Research Foundation funded Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging to develop a training program that educates front-line staff in best practices of person-centered care

PREPARE, a Mather LifeWays program for improving emergency preparedness in senior living residences, was awarded a supplemental grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to deliver the program to all 50 states. 

2005

Mather LifeWays earned three Best of Seniors Housing Awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), including an Innovation Award, NAHB’s highest-level honor, and a Gold and Silver Award. 

Mather LifeWays earned six 2005 National Mature Media Awards for its marketing materials, including a Gold Award, two Silver Awards, a Bronze Award, and two Merit Awards. 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a grant from the American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care (ABC) to convert Making Sense of Memory Loss, a memory support training program co-developed by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, into an online training tool. 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a two-year grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to implement and evaluate a new version of Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC). 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to develop PREPARE

The Alzheimer’s Association awarded a grant to study the practical applications of a Mather LifeWays-developed measure called Observing Quality of Life in Dementia (OQOLD)

The Illinois Department of Public Health awarded funding to expand LEAP, the Mather LifeWays long-term care nursing staff training program, to all licensed skilled care centers throughout Illinois. 

The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarded funding Eliminate the Digital Divide at Mather’s—More Than a Café on 83rd Street in Chicago by expanding its capacity for computer training. 

Two Mather LifeWays employees were appointed to the Illinois Life Services Network (LSN) Cabinet.
 
 

Mather LifeWays was recognized in the first edition of The Spirit of Excellence: How Healthcare Organizations are Achieving Service, Quality and Satisfaction for Mather’s—More Than a Café. 

2004

The Mather LifeWays LEAP program was selected by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) to receive the 2004 Excellence in Practice Award

The American Society on Aging (ASA), in collaboration with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, recognized LEAP with the 2004 Healthcare and Aging Award for innovative and quality programs.
The Mather Café Plus model design won the ASA Business and Aging Award.

Mather LifeWays earned nine 2004 National Mature Media Awards, including a Gold Award, five Silver Awards, a Bronze Award, and four Merit Awards

The Gerontological Society of America Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization awarded the 2004 Outstanding Student Poster Award to a Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging Research Assistant. 

St. Andrew’s Parish Council presented an award to Mather LifeWays staff for the Mather Edgewater program for Excellence in Hospitality and Service.

The Illinois Department on Aging awarded a grant to establish a Mather LifeWays support group for grandparents raising grandchildren

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging was named managing editor of Seniors Housing & Care Journal, the journal of the National Investment Center (NIC) Seniors Housing and Care Program at Johns Hopkins University. 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a grant from the American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care (ABC) to develop Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) Online for use by employees of IBM, Texas Instruments, and Exxon-Mobil. 

2003 

The American Society on Aging (ASA), in collaboration with the Extendicare Foundation, awarded LEAP for a 21st Century Long-Term Care Workforce an honorable mention for the 2003 Recognizing Innovative Programs in the Recruitment, Retention and Promotion of Nursing Assistants in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities Awards program. 

Mather LifeWays received a Partnership Award from the Arthritis Foundation for its time and effort to help improve the quality of life of those affected by arthritis. 

Mather Café Plus received the American Association of Homes and Services for Aging (AAHSA) 2003 Community Service Award

Mather LifeWays earned four 2003 National Mature Media Awards, including two Gold Awards, a Bronze Award, and a Merit Award

Mather LifeWays earned Contemporary Long-Term Care Magazine’s design award for Mather Pavilion’s innovative third-floor spa-like bathroom. 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a grant for LEAP: Enhancing Long-Term Care Nurse Retention and Resident Care Quality, which is funded by the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Mather LifeWays was chosen as a charter participant in Life Services Network’s CONNECTIONS, a best practices and idea exchange clearinghouse. Mather Café Plus was identified and recognized as an innovative approach to enhancing older adult living. 

2002 

Mather Café Plus received The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.

Mather Café Plus received the Best Practice Award from The Health Promotion Institute (HPI), a constituent unit of The National Council on the Aging. 

Mather Edgewater Senior Outreach was presented with a Best in Community Service Award from the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. 

Mather LifeWays received second place for “Building the Foundation for Quality Improvement: LEAP for a Quality Long-Term Care Workforce,” published in Seniors Housing & Care Journal, the journal of the National Investment Center (NIC) Seniors Housing and Care Program at Johns Hopkins University. 

From the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP), Mather LifeWays received the 2002 Spotlight Award for excellence in development of the Mather Café Plus launch. 

LEAP was recognized and featured by the National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce in the Practice Profile Database, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 
 
 
 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to deliver and evaluate the Heart Smart for Older Women Program through Mather’s—More Than a Café. 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a grant from the Community Memorial Foundation to test the benefits of Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) through faith-based communities. 

Mather LifeWays was awarded a grant for Mather Geriatric Regional Faculty Development Network, which is funded by the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.