Mather LifeWays Receives National Award for Workplace Excellence

Evanston, Ill. (July 10, 2007) –  Mather LifeWays, a not-for-profit dedicated to creating “Ways to Age Well,” announced today that it is the recipient of the 2007 Excellence in the Workplace Award.  Given annually by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), the award recognizes one organization that demonstrates 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.  In addition, AAHSA awards the organization who demonstrates a commitment to Quality First, a philosophy of quality and a framework for earning public trust in aging services.

“Mather LifeWays is proud to be recognized by AAHSA for this prestigious award,” said Mary Leary, president and CEO of Mather LifeWays.  “Our approach to workplace culture is rooted in an emphasis on wellness at all levels, be it physical or spiritual or otherwise.  We’re glad that AAHSA supports our philosophy.”

Leary will accept the award at AAHSA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition, taking place Oct. 21-24, 2007, in Orlando.

Mather LifeWays was selected by a panel of AAHSA judges for excellence in the following key areas:

  • Investment in staff and the workplace environment
  • Innovation in workforce development, policies and practices
  • Implementation of training for staff at all levels
  • Promotion of diversity in the workforce
  • Regular assessment of staff satisfaction and action on the results
  • Demonstration of noteworthy achievement in staff retention, as evidenced by longevity and professional growth of employees.

 About Mather LifeWays

Based in Evanston, Illinois, Mather LifeWays enhances the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age Well.SM Founded in 1941 by entrepreneur and humanitarian Alonzo Mather, Mather LifeWays is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a continuum of living and care; making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute and play; and identifying, implementing and sharing best practices for wellness, workforce issues, memory care and empowering caregivers. To learn more about our senior living residences, Community Initiatives, Institute on Aging and how you can make a charitable contribution to advance our mission, please call (847) 492.7500 or find your Way to


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