120 Assisted Living Communities Named "Caring Stars" of 2012

New Annual List of Consumers' Top-Rated Providers on Caring.com, The Web's #1 Source of Senior Care Reviews

San Mateo, CA, January 5, 2012"“"“ One hundred twenty assisted living communities in 24 states across the United States rank as the "Caring Stars" of 2012, a new nationwide designation based on consumer ratings and reviews recognizing service excellence. In reviews from families, seniors and others concerned about assisted living care, these providers have captured the highest possible rating of five stars on Caring.com, the web's #1 source of senior care reviews and the leading online destination for those caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones, with nearly two million visits to the website monthly. Currently, there are over 38,000 assisted living communities serving more than a million seniors nationwide, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America.

The Caring Stars of 2012 list is designed to help consumers make assisted living choices, and to provide direct insights to providers about the preferences of families and residents in senior care. In addition to giving star ratings, reviewers are asked to provide specific details on their experiences and observations, adhering to Caring.com's Review Guidelines with their comments. Assisted living communities can use this information to further shape their services to best match what families and residents are seeking and believe is most important. Characteristics consumers often discussed in a five-star rating for an assisted living community include care that is personalized and provided with genuine concern, homelike amenities and decor, a wide variety of activities, and high level of cleanliness.

"Congratulations to each of the Caring Stars of 2012 communities for making such a difference in the lives of those they serve that they've earned high praise from consumers," says Andy Cohen, co-founder and CEO of Caring.com. "Our research shows that word-of-mouth recommendations from others outweigh all other factors for caregivers choosing an assisted living community for a loved one. These first-hand testimonials are consistently cited as more important than anything else, including price and location, which are second and third in impact respectively."

According to Caring.com research in March 2011, 14 percent of family caregivers are caring for a loved one in assisted living and 50 percent have searched online for a senior living facility or in-home care.

"As these numbers grow, so will the amount of families, residents and others writing on Caring.com about their experiences and preferences," Cohen said. "With the Caring Stars of 2012 and the reviews in our Senior Living Directory, we are pleased to provide a venue that brings assisted living providers and the public together to constantly shape even better care for the nation's seniors."

The Caring Stars of 2012 for Assisted Living is based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com during the past year and tallied in December 2011. This year is the first of what will be an annual ranking and go-to guide for consumers.

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_ The Caring Stars of 2012 _

Arizona:

Atria Chandler Villas

Baptist Village - Thunderbird

Olive Grove Assisted Living and Memory Care

Emeritus at East Mesa

Emeritus at Chandler

Emeritus at Arrowhead

Emeritus at Mesa

Courtyard Towers

Sierra Pointe

Royal Oaks Assisted Living Center

Glencroft Towers

Fellowship Square - Mesa

Solterra Senior Living

Copper Heights

Arcadia Estate Assisted Living

Beatitudes Campus of Care

Sunrise of Scottsdale

Granite Gate Senior Living

Emeritus at Flagstaff

Friendship Villas at La Cholla

California:

Belmont Village of Burbank

Emeritus at San Dimas

Camelot Residential Home

Beverly Hills Carmel North

Beverly Hills Carmel South

AlmaVia of San Francisco

Vintage Senior Living at Vintage Golden Gate "“ San Francisco

Providence Place

The Sequoias San Francisco

Rhoda Goldman Plaza

Magnolia of Millbrae

Esther & Jacques Reutlinger Community For Jewish Living

Chateau III

University Mound Ladies Home

Sunrise of Oakland Hills

Emeritus at Brookhurst

Fullerton Gardens

Sunrise of Claremont

Seaside Terrace Retirement Community

Better Life Assisted Living

Pine Tree Villa

Eskaton Village Placerville

Evergreen Chalet

Colorado:

Shawnee Gardens

Arbors of San Marino

The Carillon at Boulder Creek

The Legacy at Lafayette

Florida:

HarborChase of Jacksonville

Emeritus at Mandarin

Sterling House of Jacksonville

HarborChase of Palm Harbor

Atria Windsor Woods

Hudson Manor

Heron House Indian Rocks

Mangrove Bay

Emeritus at River Oaks

A New Age of Senior Care at Wellington

Georgia:

Divine Connections Assisted Living LLC

Spring Mountain

Campbell-Stone

Dogwood Forest Dunwoody

Summers Landing Northland

Sunrise at Buckhead

Morningside of Gainesville

Langdale Place

Idaho:

Illinois:

Smith Village

Sunset Haven

St. Joseph Village of Chicago

Indiana:

Louisiana:

Maryland:

Michigan:

Clare Bridge of Troy

Wynwood of Troy

Sterling House of Davison

Heritage of Southfield

Atria Shorehaven

Homewood Village of Genesee Valley

Masonic Pathways Senior Living Services

North Carolina:

Carillon Assisted Living of Asheboro

Burlington Manor

Charlotte Square

Magnolia Glen

Arbor Acres

Southfork - A DePaul Senior Living Community

Carillon Assisted Living of Raleigh

New Jersey:

New York:

Atria Forest Hills

Hallmark Battery Park

Atria Riverdale

Wolk Manor Enriched Living Center

Ohio:

Lantern of Madison

Shepherd of the Valley - Niles

Judson Manor

Emeritus at Medina

Oregon:

Wynwood of McMinnville

Park Place

The Springs at Clackamas Woods Assisted Living

Ocean Crest Retirement & Assisted Living Residence

The Aspens

Avamere Court at Keizer

Pennsylvania:

South Dakota:

Tennessee:

Chandler House

Manorhouse Assisted Living

Emeritus at Gallatin

Texas:

Elmcroft of Cy-Fair

Rosemont at Clearlake

Sunrise of Cinco Ranch

Emeritus at Beckett Meadows

Emeritus at Collin Oaks

Walnut Place

Independence Hill Assisted Living Facility

Sterling House of Waco

Utah:

Virginia:

Aarondale Assisted Living and Retirement Community

Bay Lake Retirement and Assisted Living Community

Emeritus at Deep Run

Wisconsin:

West Virginia: