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The Meridian at Westwood's Independent Living Services are Nationally Recognized for Excellence



A guest blog post by Denise Graab, director of industry marketing

Each year since 2012, (a leading senior care website) has recognized the very best senior living communities nationwide based on consumer ratings and reviews. Those communities that meet a set of strict criteria are honored with the "Caring Stars" award, which helps families and older adults narrow their options and choose high quality senior living communities for loved ones or themselves.

The Meridian at Westwood earned the award for independent living this year. In fact, it's the only community in Okaloosa County that achieved this top-rated distinction.

In order to qualify, The Meridian at Westwood had nearly 20 consumer reviews dating back to 2012, received a handful of recent reviews, many 5-star reviews, and posted responses to reviews they'd received too. This collection of feedback truly demonstrated how great they are in delivering service excellence in independent living.

Several reviewers described The Meridian at Westwood as "awesome" and "great", and among the positive accolades for the community were these specific comments and others:

  • "The staff was very friendly, interactive with people, and good…It was top-notch."
  • "I'm very impressed with it and the people that worked there...It was a very nice place, and the people seemed very happy."
  • "I toured and all I can say is WOW!!...It was beautiful…I saw multiple smiles on the residents' faces and they all appeared incredibly happy to be living there. So thankful for such great senior care and I look forward to moving my grandmother there. Great Job Meridian!"  

In announcing the winners this year,'s CEO Karen Cassel said, "Finding professional senior care for an aging parent or ailing spouse can be overwhelming and time-consuming, particularly if your need is urgent and you have little-to-no knowledge of your options. At, we're focused on helping ease that burden for family caregivers, and the annual Caring Stars list is one of the free resources we offer to support them in the senior care search. Everyone wants the very best care for their loved ones, and Caring Stars helps family caregivers find the providers that have delivered excellent service for others like them."

Congratulations NewForest Estates! And thanks to everyone who posted reviews about this stellar community! 

If you haven't yet posted your positive feedback about this senior living community, you can help them win the award again for 2018 by visiting their listing and sharing your 5-star review too:

(Don't have an email address? You can submit a review via postcard or phone too. Contact executive director, Beau Ayers for more information.)


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